Our Forest School

  • Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia in the 1950’s, Forest Schools were developed to support child led learning in the natural environment.  Forest Schools are now a fundamental aspect of education in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In the 1990’s, Forest Schools came to the United Kingdom and curriculums were quickly established in Scotland, Wales and parts of England. Sessions take place in the outdoors where the environment stimulates children’s natural curiosities as they use their five senses to make connections with nature and the wider world. Children learn to assess and manage their own risks as they become confident in their own abilities. They learn to collaborate with each other in order to achieve tasks, acquiring valuable skills which they transfer into other areas of their lives. A skilful Forest School Leader recognises that each child is an individual, full of potential. We are guided by the child’s own preferences, scaffolding their development by providing the resources and support they need to succeed. Children learn to safely use tools, light fires and explore the natural world, setting their own boundaries to help them feel secure. For many children, exploring freely outdoors is a totally new experience. The Forest School Leader is guided by the child and will support each individual to feel confident to meet new challenges.

  • At Wildwoods Forest School we use outdoor experiences in a natural environment to support learning and play for children aged from 3 years. Our ethos resonates with those of us who spent our childhoods outdoors, climbing trees and roaming in woods and fields. We hope to inspire families to make greater use of our country’s beautiful outdoor spaces.

  • We have two wonderful venues which offer opportunities for child led learning and the space to experiment. Children take and manage risks, think for themselves and acquire a deep motivation to learn new skills which they will take out in to the wider world.

  • Our award winning Forest School leaders inspire and encourage children to develop confidence, self-esteem and physical skills through exploration, motivation and team work. We are highly trained to provide an environment where children can safely push their physical boundaries. To allow the children to experience all the wonders of the seasons, Forest School sessions happen in all but the most extreme weather conditions and continue throughout the year. Our mantra is: ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. The children enjoy experiencing all aspects of our British climate and we are able to make the most of our time outdoors by being appropriately dressed. Please follow the link below to view our suggested kit lists.
  • Within our sessions, Children at Wildwoods learn simple rules which allow them freedom explore the woodlands, climb trees, safely use hand tools to create woodcraft objects and enjoy campfires. We aim to foster a lifelong love of nature. At Wildwoods, children learn to identify flora and fauna and closely examine the cycles and patterns of the seasons. We create habitats for animals and insects and learn to recognise the tracks and trails left by our woodland inhabitants.

  • Our sessions are designed to be accessible to children of all ages and abilities. Our Forest school leaders are trained to tailor each learning opportunity to meet the needs of the individual child. Activities are child initiated and child led where possible. Each session is planned to offer activities and suggestions to support the children. However, as they become more confident in their abilities, the children quickly set their own agendas. It is important the Forest School sessions continue over a period of time as we build upon the skills the children learn each week. In this way, they can progress to activities such as camp fire cooking, fire lighting, whittling and making wooden artefacts using hand tools such as saws and drills. We encourage the children to help us plan our sessions and what they would like to do in them. Forest School sessions happen in all but the worst of weathers. The children enjoy experiencing all aspects of the British seasons and we are able to make the most of our time outdoors by being appropriately dressed. Please follow the link below to view our suggested kit lists.

  • By booking a session you agree to our terms and conditions

The Leaders

Jacqui Allbert is the proprietor of Wildwoods Forest School and is one of our senior Forest School Leaders.  She has worked in both the public and private school sectors, delivering Forest School sessions for nursery children aged from 2 years, up to primary school children.
Jacqui is passionate about Forest Schools and outdoor learning projects and hasn’t set foot inside a classroom for over two years. All her teaching has been delivered in the outdoors.
Jacqui holds the following qualifications:
BA (Hons) Early Years Child Development and Education
Level Three Forest School Leader
NVQ Level 3 Children’s Development and Education
Forest School First Aid
Paediatric First Aid

Jacqui Allbert
Senior Forest School Leader

Coralie Lacoss is extremely experienced, having worked with toddler groups, school groups and young people. She is passionate about the Forest School ethos and believes that “the best way for children to learn is by a combination of listening, doing and being creative”. Coralie is so enthusiastic about our Forest Schools that she will undertake level three Forest School Leader training at the earliest opportunity.

Coralie Lacoss
Forest School Assistant

Julia Frank is extremely knowledgeable about nature and the environment as she also works as a horticulturist. She has supported nursery and school groups, and has helped to deliver Parenting Classes. Julia believes “that is essential children be given an early education in the natural environment in order to allow their innate empathy with their surroundings to develop”.

Julia Frank
Forest School Assistant

Monica Hall is a very knowledgeable Level Two Forest School Practitioner who is committed to sharing her passion for the Forest School activities.

Monica holds the following qualifications:

Level Two Forest School Practitioner
NVQ Level 3 Children’s Development and Education
Paediatric First Aid

Monica Hall
Forest School Leader
  • Jacqui was co-recipient of the Best Student Award from Surrey County Council Early Years and Childcare Services and Surrey Wildlife Trust at the annual Forest School conference in 2013.

  • Jacqui has just accepted the position as vice-chair of the Surrey Forest School Association for 2014/15.

  • VACANCIES : To enquire about vacancies please contact Jacqui Allbert TEL: 07762 198863 Email: wildwoodsforestschool@gmail.com

An insight

 

  • Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.” Richard Louv.

    "Along with milk and vegetables, kids need a steady diet of rocks and worms
    Rocks need skipping.
    Holes need digging.
    Water needs splashing.
    Bugs and frogs and slimy stuff need finding." –
    Anon

  • "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, An eternity in an hour."
    William Blake.
  • "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself". John Dewey

  • “Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children’s health.” Richard Louv

  • “Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to nurture and sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”  Terry Krautwurst

  • “Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defence) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.” Abraham Maslow

  • "The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.” Margaret McMillan

 

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When and Where

COBHAM

TUE

Parent & Toddler

  • Start 10:00
  • End 12:00
  • 07762 198863
Booking Request

COBHAM

WED

Pre-School

  • Start 10:00
  • End 12:00
  • (New Sep 2015)
Booking Request

COBHAM

WED

After-School Club

  • Start 16:00
  • End 18:00
  • 07762 198863
Booking Request

COBHAM

THU

Parent & Toddler

  • Start 10:00
  • End 12:00
  • 07762 198863
Booking Request

COBHAM

THU

Home Ed Group

  • Start 12:30
  • End 14:30
  • 07762 198863
Booking Request

COBHAM

FRI

Pre-School

  • Start 10:00
  • End 12:00
  • 07762 198863
Booking Request
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We are now taking bookings for our Parent and Toddler Stay and Play Sessions at Cobham.

We are happy to take enquires about sessions for pre-school children, home educated children and after school activities for older children.

CONTACT: Jacqui Allbert

TEL: 07762 198863

Email: wildwoodsforestschool@gmail.com

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CONTACT: Jacqui Allbert

 TEL: 07762 198863 

Email: wildwoodsforestschool@gmail.com

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