This book explains what 'Forest School' really means and combines theory with practice on the importance of play and risk. It is an invaluable training manual for those studying to be a Forest School leader or practitioner and includes case studies from professionals. It covers the history of forest schools; the first steps needed to be taken to embark upon Forest School; how to involve colleagues and parents; how a variety of settings organise their Forest School sessions; the equipment and training needed and first aid and risk management; and how to gain support from LAs and funding.
"The book was comprehensive and gave a fantastic overview for anyone thinking about embarking on setting up Forest Schools. As a Level 3 Forest School Leader I co-ordinate a Forest School network working with EY practitioners. I will have no hesitation in recommending this publication to practitioners I work with."
Anne Brass, Schools Lead Officer, Early Years Development Team, Durham LA, UK.
"An informative and accessible text which links theory and practice well ... a good range of activity examples"
Catherine Gripton, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham.
"A useful resource with a blend of practical ideas and a theoretical context. Useful background information about Forest School practice and ethos"
Gill Jones, Director of Enterprise, Cardiff Met University.
"This book fully equips the learners to develop forest school sessions in their placement settings. It is very simply explained using a variety of case studies to help the reader reflect on own practice"
Tania Davies, Head of School Health, Social & Childcare, Neath Port Talbot College.
"The authors explore what the term 'forest school' means and illustrate the theory with case studies which paint a clear picture of the early years provision. The 'top tips' and lists of practical activities to use with children are extremely useful... Developing a Forest School in Early Years Provision is highly recommended reading."
Early Years Update magazine, June 2013.
"Outdoor learning and provision is an area most students and many practitioners struggle with and sometimes avoid. This book is full of ideas, creativity and illustrations of how to develop this provision from small-scale to a full forest school model"
Linda Withey, Senior Lecturer, University Campus Oldham.