Child in the wild forest school provides weekly sessions in the woods at moignes court

At Child in the Wild Forest School, we run a range of regular weekly and fortnightly sessions, and we also offer bespoke Forest School sessions and experiences such as woodland birthday parties, private preschool and primary school sessions, and exciting (sometimes themed) events. We love what we do, and whether you and your wild child/ren want to learn new skills, play and explore, make friends, or simply enjoy the peace of our beautiful woodland site, then you're in the right place!

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about child in the wild

Simply, Child in the Wild Forest School is about the C.H.I.L.D:

C - Child-led. Each session will have a loose agenda, but ultimately the children’s interests guide the focus of each group. When children choose and guide their own learning, they flourish!

H - Holistic. In forest school, the WHOLE child can develop. The child’s physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development are all nurtured.

I - Inclusive. Forest school is for everyone.

L - Learn. Children can learn a wide variety of skills and knowledge, but most importantly, they will learn about themselves.

D - Discover. Children discover the wonder of our natural world, and their own full potential.


Child in the Wild Forest School has a simple mission; to connect people to nature. I offer child centred, regular sessions that are designed to nurture the holistic growth of each child. The all-weather, outdoor sessions aim to help develop a child’s physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development through outdoor play and learning.

what is forest school?

What is Forest School?

The Forest School Association outlines six principles of what Forest School should be;

  • ‘Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations, and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

  • Principle 2: Forest School takes place in a woodland or natural wooded environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  • Principle 3: Forest School aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent, and creative learners.

  • Principle 4: Forest School offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  • Principle 5. Forest School is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

  • Principle 6. Forest School uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for development and learning.’ (Forest School Association, 2022).

​Sessions are predominantly child-led, are held outside, and may involve (but will not be restricted to) a combination of the following activities;

  • Free play/woodland exploration

  • Messy (mud/water!)/sensory play

  • Fire lighting skills

  • Den building (tarp and ropes, and natural dens)

  • Team building

  • Story time and discussions/chats around the campfire

  • Playing games

  • Making nature crafts

  • Sensory trails and scavenger hunts

  • Seasonal activities

  • Making music in nature

  • Learning about nature and conservation, including practical conservation

  • Forest bathing/mindfulness

  • Hammock swinging and slackline skills

  • Tool use e.g., introduction to knife use, whittling, using a hatchet to split wood, using bow saws, use of palm drills etc.

All activities help develop a child’s physical, intellectual, social, emotional, or spiritual development in some way, and all activities are designed to be fun and engaging. Forest School is a relaxed environment and all activities are optional, with free-play being (almost) always an alternative option. There are countless studies where researchers have found many incredible benefits of outdoor play and learning, and you only have to step into nature, close your eyes, and listen for a few minutes, to feel the evolutionary, calming feeling of connection to our wonderful wild world.