This is an awareness programme delivered at Broomfield Hall within the woods, providing an insight into the ethos of forest schools, the value of the outdoor curriculum and the impact on children's progression.
The programme will be linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, with a focus on physical and personal, social and emotional development.
You should be working within a relevant setting, including schools, nurseries, playgroups, cubs, brownies and out-of-school clubs.
The programme will be active, with everyone joining in with the forest school activities, time to observe demonstrations and time to reflect on one's own practice.
You will leave with a range of activities to take back into your own setting to implement with your children.
You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
You could progress to take an accredited Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award.
You could run and develop your own forest school programmes with children within your own setting.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.