As technology increases, children seem to be spending less and less time outdoors and more time spent inside on tablets and games consoles.
This has been recognised and so the Forest School Approach has become more and more popular.
Rosy Apple Childcare has two Forest School Nurseries:
Little Achievers Urban Forest School, Preston, PR1 3QU
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery, Blackburn, BB1 9DQ
All children whilst in the Owls room at Little Achievers are able to access Forest School sessions. We transport children from our nurseries to our Forest School settings and sessions are led by our qualified Forest School Leaders.
What is a Forest School?
The Early Years Foundation Stage states that:
‘Providers must provide access to an outdoor play area or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis (unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example unsafe weather conditions).’
At all our Little Achievers Nurseries we ensure that children have continuous provision both indoors and outdoors – this means that they have access to both environments and are able to choose where they play. It is important to remember not all children learn in the same way and in the same environment.
There are huge benefits to the outdoors and that’s why a bit of rain doesn’t stop us from letting children access it. Possibilities are endless with no restraints on the space children can be creative and the noise they make. It enables them to be ‘free’. Physical development is enhanced along with sensory experiences. Children can create, problem solve, communicate and imagine.
We have been super busy recently!
Part of being a Reggio inspired setting is constantly adapting and changing your environment and this is what all of our Nurseries do regularly in line with our children and their interests and development.
As well as that we are still implementing the Reggio Emilia Approach throughout our settings and each one is different and unique!
Little Achievers Day Nursery
We have been busy throughout the last few months implementing changes to the Owls and Bluebells room. Making these curious and exciting for the children. We have also developed the outdoor unit into a Laboratory for the Owls children to explore and create.
Little Achievers Urban Forest School
We have lots of exciting things planned as we begin to develop the Bluebells room and an outdoor shed into something a little extra special! Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on this.
Little Achievers Forest School Nursery
The outdoor area has had a re-vamp and looks so inviting and challenging. We have also added a sand shed for the children to investigate.
Little Achievers Nursery in the Park
The environment is constantly changing and developing here and a new fairy garden has been developed outside.
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One of the key roles of the Reggio Emilia approach is the third teacher. This is not an actual teacher, as in a person but instead the environment in the setting.
Children thrive in an environment that is well suited to their interests and stages of development. It should be welcoming, pleasing to the eye, represent the communities cultures and beliefs, embrace nature and be filled with purposeful resources.
It is important that the environment is not over stimulating to children’s senses.