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.
We believe that children need to reconnect with the natural world; touch it, feel it, taste it and play in it.
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.
This freedom to explore and play allows children to feel in control of managing their own risks and making their own decisions. It is a place where your child cannot fail and can only succeed. This sense of achievement and the confidence in learning that forest school brings develops their brain in a unique way. We see children who start with us who are unable to talk or form sentences and within a short space of time their confidence has excelled and their speech begins to develop rapidly. The development of language in both the setting and in the forest, has been immense. In the forest children from all ability groups are able to break the boundaries of their limitations exceeding expectations of development and learning.