Acorns Pre-School in Masham has launched its Forest School at the Woodland Trust’s nearby Hackfall – the first of its kind in the area.
Acorns’ Forest School is an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning that has been developed to extend educational opportunities for the children beyond the conventional pre-school setting.
Designed to run alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the initiative is being led by Acorns’ trainee Forest Schools Practitioner David Airton and is available to three and four year olds attending Acorns Pre-School.
Acorns’ trainee Forest Schools’ practitioner David Airton said its a great way to get children exploring the outdoors, away from the tradition classroom setting.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the children to the amazing woodland resources we have on our doorstep and to spark an interest in the natural world,” he said.
“We look forward to expanding the programme as the children grow in confidence and have many exciting plans for next year.”
Initially comprising a six-week half-day program in the Autumn term, Acorns plans to expand Forest School to one full-day, weekly, throughout the year from January 2013.