What is Forest School?

Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees..

                                              'Forest School Association' 

Forest schools are not just early childhood programs at Thanet Community Forest School we value and believe the Forest School process benefits all learners.

  At TCFS We follow the Forest School Association Principles

1:  FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one off or infrequent visits

2: FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development between the learner and the natural world.

3: FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

4: FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners

5: offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

6: FS is run by qualified Forest School Practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice .

To see the full principles and criteria go to forestschoolassociation.org

TCFS staff are trained by Earthcraft.uk 

Dressing for forest school:

There is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes

Dressing for the elements is very important and there is no such thing as too many layers.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • thick wellie socks (or multiple layers of socks)

  • wellies

  • long-johns or tights

  • trousers and waterproof over-trousers

  • vest and layered tops

  • fleece and waterproof coat

  • gloves and hat

  • sun cream

  • sun hat

  • long sleeved T Shirts

For more information visit The Forest School Association 

Forest School is more about the process than the activities set. Whilst there will be elements of structure, they will also steer their own learning journeys and have the freedom to explore, make their own choices and apply their knowledge and skills.
As well as free time to run and explore on their own, use their own individual imaginations and creativity.


Our Forest school activities include:

  • Woodland walks and nature trails

  • Nature crowns

  • Mini-beasting

  • Forest School stories 

  • Building and lighting fires with simple camp fire cooking

  • Using Kelly Kettles

  • 123...where are you? Hide and seek game

  • Puddle splashing, mud painting, mud sliding

  • Exploring and collecting woodland materials to make natural art

  • Scavenger hunts

  • Natural music

  • Nature detectives

  • Constructing ovens and cooking food on fire

  • Building shelters and dens 

  • Using tools to create woodland crafts e.g. whistles, charcoal pencils, mallets etc.

  • Willow weaving

  • Exploring habitats

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