Nannas Forest School

Nannas Day Nurseries runs Forest School sessions at all our sites with our Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader Nikki Thurston

Our Turner Road and Cowper Crescent sessions are run at Highwoods Country Park and our Hawthorn Avenue session runs at Welsh Woods. Both forest sites are within walking distance from the nurseries. Sessions are taken with our oldest pre-school children, maximum 8 at any one time, and there are two sessions at each site each week.

Parents are required to give written permission before children can attend. Forest School enables children to learn and develop important life skills in an outdoor environment, exploring nature and engaging with their peers in small groups, carrying out tasks and activities. Children learn to take and manage risks and develop their understanding of rules and boundaries, setting these alongside the Leader at each session, whilst learning how to care for the environment around them.

Children develop their skills in using tools such as potato peelers for whittling branches, sticks for making fires and hand saws for cutting wood. As such they become independent, confident, courageous and self-motivated with a strong self-esteem and self confidence.

Sites are fully risk assessed before they are used each week and each area is specifically set aside by the Forest Ranger for Forest School sessions. Sessions take place in all weathers and children are provided with warm, waterproof jackets and dungarees. We ask that parents provide their child with a pair of wellies to enable them to fully participate in the sessions. We will only cancel sessions due to severe weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

A Level 3 Early Years qualified staff member accompanies the Forest School Leader on each session, along with other staff members, ensuring that the staff: child ratios are maintained and exceeded. The Forest School Leader also has a paediatric First Aid qualification. All staff undergo in-house Forest School training once a year through the company’s internal training programme.

Each Forest School session is carefully planned with a variety of topics covered but the flexibility to run with the children’s own learning, development and ideas whilst at the forest. Our topics include The Gruffalo and Seasons. Forest School originates from Scandinavia where children spend their entire school day outside in the forest in all weathers, learning and developing key life skills. It’s success has seen it’s introduction into many nurseries and schools in the UK today. For more information, please visit


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