Forest School


Holmsdale was the first nursery school in Leicestershire to offer Forest School, 8 years ago. There are still only a few places with Forest School qualified staff in Leicestershire although this is changing now that we offer Forest School training.

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

We offer Forest School training courses for adults, in association with Archimedes Earth. Lots of local nurseries and primary schools have recently 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).

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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.




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