Our Ethos

There is nowhere quite like woodland to learn, it immerses you in a natural space that cannot be equalled in any other habitat. At the heart of Woodlanders Forest School is the respect and understanding of the natural world and each other.   We believe that Forest School is for everyone no matter who you are, where you are from or what you believe.  We celebrate our differences and we believe there is something to learn from everyone.


We encourage free exploration of the woodland which is our primary tool to learn. On our Forest School sessions children will naturally learn as they play. Our sessions are dynamic to suit both the individual and the group as a whole. We understand the process is more important than the end result.


What sets Forest School apart is emotional development and reflection.  Woodlanders Forest School encourages care for everyone, listening to each other and sharing our feelings. We support everyone to work through their emotions and understanding how to resolve situations. Forest School offers a holistic approach to foster social, physical, intellectual, communication, emotional and spiritual development.


Risky play is central to what we do. We support children taking achievable risks in a safe environment fostering independence and confidence building resilience and self esteem. We share our successes and we learn when things don’t go to plan. We learn from each other and encourage the sharing of skills. The leader acts as a mentor to give children a safe place to be supported and grow.


Woodlanders Forest School strives to deliver our ethos. Having fun outdoors is what you will see on the surface but look a little deeper and there is more to climbing trees, building dens, playing with sticks and mud.