ace Forest School
Welcome to ace Forest School! I’m Jane, self confessed explorer and learning addict. When I was little it was ‘Nana’s river’, hand in hand we paddled along the raging river that ran adjacent to her garden mapping out Otter Island, Pearl Castle, Kingfisher bay. Sometimes charging around the garden with a fishing net catching butterflies. Looking back I suspect my Nana was hidden away hysterical with laughter at my efforts. Incidentally it’s a small stream and I never caught a butterfly!
As a grown up my adventurous nature took me exploring further afield from Eastern Europe to New Zealand. From the colourful, crazy, noisy delights, and smells, of India, never have I been anywhere more intense. On to Malaysia, to the highlands, and deep in the sea, diving with graceful, beautiful turtles and black tipped sharks that have never bitten anyone, until the day after we dived with them when one tried to take a chunk out a man’s arm (no harm done, he simply bumped it on the nose, which caused it to let go).
At home I like to thumb through my books and maps to explore more locally. Whether it’s mountaineering or joggling (my version of jogging, which looks a lot more like wobbling) through the woods with friends, I make all but the really mundane into a mini adventure, seeking out the hidden away places. I’ve slowed a lot. I learned eventually chasing butterflies doesn’t reap results.
Forest School provides a better way for children to discover and explore the natural world. It helps them find their adventurous side, develop independence, become self-sufficient, become a pioneer of their world. That is why I trained and why I started ace Forest School. PS Safety never takes a holiday. I have a DBS and am fully first aid trained too.
“Generations of Adventure...
It’s In Our Nature”
Based in WIGAN, KINGS MOSS (NORTH OF ST HELENS), CHORLEY AND BURTONWOOD, winner of the BEST FOREST SCHOOL 2018, Woodlands Award, ace Forest School runs different activities for children and toddlers all out of doors. Ask most adults, over 30 and they will no doubt recall idylic long days roaming the countryside. A luxury no longer afforded to children of the 21st century. Yet the benefits of nature and playing outside are well documented.
The current generation of children are at real risk of losing all connection with nature and the out doors. It is so important that children remain connected with the natural world because if they are connected they will care. Going outdoors regularly helps keep people happy and healthy. By starting young a life long habit of heading outdoors is created this means the future generation will care for the natural world and will increase their own health and wellbeing. Ask anyone who spent their childhood outdoors- how happy were they? Forest School is the answer, it reponds to children's needs and development-try it!
Forest School is a philosophy. In a sentence it is about children going outside to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment.