Two Ribble Valley day nurseries are set to get in touch with nature by launching the area’s first dedicated Forest School.
Based in Whalley Forest Garden, the Forest School facility is being launched by First Class Childcare’s (FCCC) Whalley and Barrow nurseries and will bring an innovative outdoor aspect to their pre-school curriculum.
The Forest School will be uniquely organised so that children can take part in activities such as shelter building, nature discovery and environmental art, which are designed to encourage development of self-confidence, exploration and discovery in a safe outdoor environment.
Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Ian Sayers and Mrs Jean Hayes will formally mark the opening by planting a Royal Oak sapling during FCCC’s launch event which is taking place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday March 16th.
Andrew Clifford, managing director and director of Early Years at FCCC, said: “We aim to provide the very best opportunities for our children to learn and develop and so we are very excited to be bringing the Forest School to Whalley.
“Playing and learning outdoors has never been more important, especially with the hype surrounding technology, iPads, and computer games that children often choose over going outside and exploring the rich resources within the environment around us.
“Staff and children at the nursery will also be planting a further 100 saplings on the launch day as part of our link with the Woodland Trust. This will be the first of many activities the children will take part in to bring them closer to nature.”
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