Have you been asking ‘is there a forest school near me?’
You might have heard about forest schools from parents and teachers, and wondered is there a forest school near me? So we decided to create a list of forest schools in East Lothian and Edinburgh area to help you find the answer. But first, a question:
What is a forest school?
Forest schools are all about teaching children in the outdoors. Instead of focusing on a specific set of outcomes, forest school teachers work to the needs of children, allowing them to explore the natural world around them.
The act of play is fundamental to the way children communicate so it becomes easier to identify specific needs, helping to build confidence and esteem as well as promoting independence through hands-on learning.
Why forest schools are a perfect match for the Scottish curriculum
The Curriculum of Excellence framework and forest schools go hand in hand. Children are given challenges that meet the key objectives of the framework. What’s more, forest school practitioners in Scotland are expected to hold a ‘Forest and Outdoor Learning Award’ (FOLA). Scheme leaders should also be qualified teachers with PVG membership and a current Paediatric First Aid certificate.