Fingertips Preschool and Forest School

Fingertips Preschool and forest school is an Ofsted Outstanding setting.  We are a sessional setting and offer 9.00 am till

3.00 pm so you can choose your sessions in any way that suits your family and your lifestyle.  You can choose a 9.00 am till 12.00 pm in the indoor setting (2-5 year olds) on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday or Friday.  When your child is 3 years old you they can access our forest school sessions.  This means that you can have a 9.00 am till 3.00 pm day with a morning in the setting and afternoon in the forest.  Alternatively you can have an all day forest school session.

We accept 2 year old and 3 year old 15 hour funding and a limited number of 30 hour funded places.

The layout of our setting is specifically designed to meet all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Forest School

Fingertips were the first preschool to pioneer forest school in Harpenden.  We have been able to share our expertise and skills with

local schools, pre-schools and nurseries, working with them and giving their children opportunities to experience this amazing approach. 


Forest School is based on the Scandinavian educational learning approach where children can develop their confidence and self-esteem in a natural outdoor woodland environment. They learn new skills, how to manage their own risk and are given opportunities to use their own initiative to problem solve. Their play is imaginative and helps them grow into creative thinkers. We see our children beginning to share and co-operate with their peers while achieving their own goals. Forest School is an all-weather, all year approach and by attending forest school sessions the children learn about themselves and to appreciate the changing natural environment.


Some of the things we do at forest school; whittling sticks, making mud pies, sawing, climbing trees, playing on rope swings, playing imaginary games, lighting fires and learning about the environment and the natural world we live in.  These activities are carefully designed to; build confidence and self-esteem,  improve communication and social skills, learn to recognise and manage risk improve team skills and provide a natural motivation and positive attitude towards learning.


Our highly qualified and passionate team ensure that each day is packed with exciting and motivating learning opportunities.  We strive to offer our children the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey towards a life-long long love of learning.


To do this we strategically plan, based on the children's own interests, to include social and language skills, physical development, an understanding of the incredible world around them, the fun in science, the excitement of mathematics and literacy and also very importantly expressive art and design with the imperative being on them having fun with every area of learning.


We see our parents as very much a part of their child's learning process and we keep them informed of their child's individual plan and our group plan so that we all work together on this exciting learning journey.


On a daily basis we invite our children to a small learning group where they will play games that help to extend their learning.



Jenny Herbaut

Early Years Head Teacher

Fingertips Preschool 

All Saints Church Hall

129 Station Road , Harpenden