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A Forest School Experience

Posted by admin on April 8, 2015

On my first day of Forest School Training I felt very nervous and anxious knowing only one other person there. Although I soon felt comfortable with in the small group everyone was very friendly, some of us have already been doing Forest School groups within our settings.

By the end of our first session I suddenly began to wonder why I had agreed to do my training (only because of the amount of work that had to been done and emailed I had never emailed an attachment before). I knew deep down why I was doing the course, it's a great way for the children in my setting to learn and experience as the majority of the children live in flats in the centre of Bristol. Although I had attended many courses in my career this was the first academic course since my N.N.E.B. qualifying as a nursery nurse. My face must have been a picture, the tutor looked at me and said "is there a problem Anita" I replied there could be I have not done anything like his since I left college in 1976 also computers and I don't really go but I will try".

With the support and reassurance that Chris gave me I went home that evening feeling that I can do this, although I was exhausted and nervous about the first piece of work to be submitted .I decided to crack on with the piece of work with the help of my sister giving me instructions how to email I succeeded my first triumph even if it took me 6 hours.

Each week I felt that my self-esteem and confidence grow in the written side of the course and the practical side. My fear of technology soon began to disappear as I became more confident.

Each week I felt that my self-esteem and confidence grow in the written side of the course and the practical side. My fear of technology soon began to disappear as I became more confident.

I was also very surprised on how much I remembered from my training identifying trees, flowers also some bird songs. Taking lots of photographs then looking them up on the Internet for identification.

Through my training I have become a more confident person which has in turn allowed me to encourage the children who come to forest school to take risks safely as risk assessments are in place, have the freedom to explore the environment walking in front taking the lead knowing that they are safe with and adult close by. The children have set their own boundaries.

My own future practice I feel that I will be able enhance the well being of the children giving them confidence which in turn will lift their self-esteem .That they will be able to make their own choices and all task will be achievable for every child how ever small.

Giving each child the opportunity to learn in their own style by giving them instructions verbally, visually and demonstrating to them.