The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire children through mastery of small achieveable tasks and positive outdoor experiences. We plan exciting activities that will engage them in all aspects of our 52 acre site.  Forest School stimulates imagination and encourages self belief and confidence, whilst learning how to take ownership of risks and make informed decisions. Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment.


“Forest School is a wonderful part of EHNPS’s curriculum.  It’s well run, great fun and the children learn a huge amount without even noticing.  Fathers in the Forest is a lovely opportunity for the male role models in the children’s lives to share the experience and to see and hear first-hand everything the children have learnt throughout the year”. 

[Parent attending 'Fathers Day' at Forest School]






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Forest School at East Harptree Nursery Pre School 



Forest School is offered to the pre reception children whose core attendance hours are more than 6 hours plus Forest School hours.  Every Friday, we head out to Harptree Court, with our intrepid explorers to spend about an hour and a half outdoors in a truly beautiful setting. We are very lucky to have 55 acres of private woodland, fields and a varity of trees to explore and aim to utilise it to its full potential over each academic year.


Through Forest School children are able to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the core purposes of the Forest School ethos, namely, development of self-esteem, confidence and social skills.





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Forest School Ethos


Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.


Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.


Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.


Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.


Principle 5: Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

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Principle 6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.