About Forest School

What is Forest School?

Forest School is based on an idea that originated in Scandinavia, using the outdoors as a learning environment. The natural world provides a wealth of opportunities to expand young children's learning through multi-sensory exploration, experimentation and adult supervised play.

At Bredon

Bredon Forest School provides exactly that learning environment in a safe, outdoor 'classroom', located in a secluded private woodland only two miles from Bredon. Supervised by a trained Forest School Leader, the children are encouraged to explore all aspects of the natural world.

What happens at Forest School?

The children's own interests and play ideas are the basis of activities to extend their learning. The Rules of Forest School are taught first and the sessions follow a set routine to ensure the health and safety of the children is paramount.

Photographs are used extensively to 'capture' the work being done by the children. Written consent is obtained for the use of these photos on the site and parents may request full picture files to be Emailed to them.

Children need sturdy shoes or wellies, a water proof jacket (over-trousers if you have them), old clothes (including a change), a water bottle and small rucksack.

Who uses Forest School?

Bredon Forest School is used by a number of local groups, and is suitable for children from 'walking age' upwards. The activities support 'Birth to Three Matters', Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and the National Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2.

  • Thursday 09:00-12:00 - Kemerton Early Years & Forest School CIC regular session.
  • Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 - during term time, weather permitting, under-5s with parent/carer sessions.
  • Bredon Hancock's Primary School and Gloucester Childminder Network, as arranged.

Contact us

  • More information from Deb Manns
  • Qualified Forest School Leader
  • Member of Forest School Association
  • 01684 773148
  • 07825 749201
  • deb@djmanns.com