Forest School is a Registered Charity that has been set up for the benefit of the community and local area of Thanet.

Our Registered Charity number is: 1147455

Welcome to our website The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. It

believes in children's right to play; the right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment); the right to access risk and the vibrant reality of the natural world; and the right to experience a

healthy range of emotions, through all the challenges of social interaction, to build a resilience that will enable continued and creative engagement with their peers and their potential.

Forest School is based more on the process of learning than it is on the content - more on the 'how' than the 'what'. This means that genuine Forest School practice steps boldly out of the shadow and limitation

of 'planned activities' and ventures collaboratively into the realms of the unplanned, unexpected and ultimately unlimited.

Children and young people are given encouragement to direct their own learning - this often requires catalysing on the part of the Forest School leader through stimulating play in the outdoors, but mostly through simply observing how children are in an outdoor environment and understanding what gets them excited and how they like to learn.

Significantly, and on many levels, a woodland environment is central in supporting this very dynamic approach to learning: the passage of time, from the changing of the seasons, to the contemplation of an ancient tree; the dynamic nature of an outdoor environment - an infinite source of smells, textures, sounds and tastes; a range of visual stimuli from near to far, high to low, very big to very small; and the infinite layers of historical, cultural, spiritual and mythological significance that speak of our deep relationship with trees and woodland through the ages.

Our Forest School Classroom

I wondered in amazement, I couldn't believe my eyes,

There were no doors, no walls or windows, goodness what a surprise!

I was told it was a classroom, it was like none I'd ever seen,

The blue sky was our ceiling and our walls were trees of green.

Sometimes the walls changes colour to brown or red or gold,

The ceiling always looked different, especially when it was cold.

The windows in the classroom were special,

we could look clearly at everything in sight.

Our eyes were now our windows, all sparkly, shiny and bright.

We learnt so much in this classroom, and saw nature at its best.

Who needed toys when we had all this, a magical room called a

forest. By Maureen Sloly, Childcare Practitioner.