Benefits of Forest School

Exploring the meadowEnjoying the flowers - Photo credit: Sadia McGlone

The benefits of Forest School are numerous. Not only does taking part in a Forest School programme benefit children and their school, it also benefits wildlife too.

Benefits to children

  • Growth in confidence and independence
  • Opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves
  • Helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment
  • Allows children to become more confident in the natural environment
  • Enables a practical element to their learning
  • Additional physical, social and health benefits
  • Improved behaviour and motivation going back into school - and has an impact on achievement
  • Parents are more likely to involve themselves
  • Promotes self-discovery
  • Improved communication skills
  • Raised self-esteem.

Benefits to schools

  • A professional service delivered by experienced, qualified Forest School Leaders
  • Inspiring outdoor setting
  • A safe environment in which to develop key skills, curriculum work and informal learning
  • Lesson plans and risk assessments for activities are provided
  • All equipment needed for the day is provided
  • Sessions work as a continuum of visits over several weeks
  • Provides a way of meeting Foundation Stage and National Curriculum learning objectives whilst developing practical life skills and encouraging child- initiated learning.

Benefits to wildlife

By sharing the natural environment with children and schools across Hertfordshire and Middlesex we will inspire them to appreciate, understand and even love nature, and if they love nature they will want to protect it in the future.