At Busy Bees we aim to give children and practitioners a shared understanding of a Forest School experience. We strive to help young children to be independent, self motivated, courageous and ready to take part in life long learning. Our carefully planned programme in the outdoor environment particularly supports the development of confidence and self esteem, leading to happy, healthy children.

About our Forest School

Younger children attending Busy Bees have the opportunity to practice Forest School activities within the settings grounds. The children play the traditional ‘1,2,3, where are you?’ game and are able to free play and explore the natural environment. Adults plan various focused activities with specific learning outcomes. The children have snacks, and listen to stories and rhymes and become confident and familiar with the outdoor environment and the various weather conditions throughout the changing seasons.

After practicing some of the Forest School Safety games and activities in the setting’s grounds, the children have the opportunity to go to our larger Forest School environment. This site covers an area of approximately 2 acres and contains a natural spring, some meadow grass land and a sheltered wooded area. There is a protective fence surrounding the outmost perimeter of the Forest School site, and the natural spring is separated from the wooded area by a secure gate, which will only be accessed under strictly enforced supervision.

The children will travel to the Forest School on the Busy Bees mini bus. Each Forest school programme will run for approximately six, two and a half hour weekly sessions, and will be available throughout the year (in almost all weather conditions). The site is not open to the public, which will enable unfinished projects to be revisited. There is access to a locked store shed where resources and tools may be kept. The site is fully protected within the terms and conditions of Busy Bees Public Liability insurers.

 How will the children be supervised?

 Children attending Forest School sessions will be supervised on a higher adult/child ratio than usual, this being 1 adult to 4 children. Any additional support allocated to children with specific needs will not be counted in the adult/child ratio. We welcome and encourage parent volunteers, and value new skills and knowledge which can be brought to the group. Regular volunteers will have an enhanced CRB check and at no time will any child be left unattended with an adult without the relevant CRB check in place.

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