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There are six principles of Forest School:

  • Is long-term and regular – Forest School should take place at least once every other week, and be planned for some time into the future. This allows children to understand boundaries and to give time for practitioners to observe, review, adapt and plan.

  • Promotes holistic development – Fostering resilience, confidence, independence and creativity. 

  • Involves taking risks– Practitioners provide a safe, risk-assessed environment where children can take calculated risks,  learning about their own boundaries. Taking these risks can let children make their own choices.

  • Has practitioners who continuously develop –Forest schools in the UK  must have a Level 3 Forest School practitioner involved. High ratios, first aid qualifications and constant reflection are required.

  • Is child-centred – Practitioners respond to the needs and interests of the children first. Play and choice are key, as are observations which feed into the scaffolding of relevant interests.