About us

Forest School at Outdoors 4 All

Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration.

Our ethos

The ethos of Forest School is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to investigate and explore their natural curiosity about the world around them.

Forest School believes...

  • in children's right to play.
  • children's right to access the outdoors (and in particular a woodland environment)
  • children's right to access risk.
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We are committed to the ethos of Forest School for our participants and aim to:

  • Build positive values and attitudes about themselves, about learning and the environment in which they live
  • Provide appropriately challenging and achievable tasks that build their confidence, skills and independence
  • Build a resilience that will enable continued development and help them reach their potential
  • Develop an understanding of and respect for the natural world
  • Provide a secure and interesting learning environment
  • Promote self-esteem
  • Promote positive behaviour to ensure the safe running of Forest School sessions
  • Provide social interaction
  • Encourage resourcefulness, self-reliance and teamwork
  • Promote a feeling of well-being


  • Building dens and other structures
  • Fires and cooking
  • Games and imaginative play
  • Natural crafts
  • Using tools, such as knives and bowsaws
  • Scavenger hunts and adventure
  • Seasonal celebrations
  • Woodland and nature exploration
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"It's impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time"