Hatton Children’s Nursery has always been unique in Warwickshire due to its idyllic location within Hatton Country World.
Every day the nursery children have free all-day access to all the fun and exciting activities offered at the Hatton Adventure Farm, its their own huge outdoor play area. Hatton Country World has given the nursery children their very own Lambs and Chicks to help them get a little closer to nature and for them to experience how to care for animals.
Its this closeness to nature that has inspired the nursery to take a leap forward and establish a Forest School programme. Hatton Country World has a couple of acres of ancient woodland right next to the nursery which has been given over for use as a Forest School activity area, it’s ideal with giant Oak Trees and wild flowers including patches of Blue Bells.
Alison Deere the nursery Owner and Manager tells us that:
‘’Part of our ethos here at Hatton Nursery is offering our children the chance to grow up in harmony with nature. The children really love playing outside, spending time with the animals and exploring the Adventure Farm. After researching the benefits of a Forest School programme, it seemed an amazing way to further foster an awareness of the natural world and fantastic way for the children to learn through play’’.
The roots of the Forest School approach originate in Scandinavia, the natural environment is regarded as an educational resource where children can learn through play, develop confidence and self-esteem whilst experiencing appropriate risk and challenges.
The nursey Forest School programme is planned to flow throughout the year, following the seasons and in all weather. Although the aim is to encourage children to develop and lead their own learning, a set structure offers chances to use real tools, build dens, learn about the environment and toast marshmallows over an open fire.