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What is forest school?


Forest School is a child-led, outdoor, play based pedagogy. 

It offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self -esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. 


Badgers Forest School is a member of The Forest School Association, our professional body. 

Principles of Forest School

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.

  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

What Parents Say...

My son and I love coming to forest school, it's so great for him to have a space where he can really let loose and explore whatever takes his fancy. It's also just lovely being outdoors amongst the trees, when I don't get to go I miss it!  

Alison Osadzinski

My daughter attended Badgers Forest School from the age of 18 months till 4 and a half when she started school. All I can say is that our weekly trip to Wraxall Piece was life enhancing.

Ida Bakar

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