Forest School


Holmsdale was the first nursery school in Leicestershire to offer Forest School, 8 years ago. There are still only a few Early Years settings with Forest School qualified staff in Leicestershire although this is changing now that we offer Forest School training Level 1, 2 and 3, and a Level 3 in Learning Beyond the Classroom. For the training course diary, click here.

We are very proud to be the first Early Years setting in the UK to achieve the top Forest School Quality Mark: Leadership Centre, in 2018.

We have been running sessions for nursery children in our own woodland just outside Ibstock for 12 years. We have more than 10 Forest School trained staff. We now offer Forest School to a wider range of age groups and it is available for children from babies to 11 years old.

We offer Forest School training courses for adults, Level 1, 2 and 3. Lots of local nurseries and primary schools have sent staff to train with us, as we have a fully qualified Forest School trainer. We even have students from abroad, including Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Egypt and more!

Our Forest School trainer, Kate, won the Trainer of the Year award in the national Nursery World Awards 2018!

For information on Forest School training in Leicestershire contact Kate in the nursery office (01530 262434) or click here.

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Forest School offers children an exciting, inspiring and constantly changing outdoor environment. Your child will learn new skills and develop gross and fine motor skills in an environment with an appropriate level of challenge. They will learn to work together communicate and negotiate with peers and with adults. Forest School offers opportunity to investigate and learn to respect nature.

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Experiences include den building, tying knots, whittling, construction, natural crafts, minibeast hunts, identifying and sorting natural objects, and natural mark making.

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For further details about our Forest School, please contact the office on 01530 262434. For further details on accredited Forest School training at our Leicestershire site in the National Forest, either call the office, email, or click here. For our accredited Learning Beyond the Classroom Level 3 course, click here.




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To contact us please call 01530 262434, email on or click here for more details