We are delighted to announce that our Prestwich Forest School has been rated “OUTSTANDING in ALL areas” by OFSTED.
Two OFSTED inspectors spent a full day at forest school on 5th November shadowing the activities of our pre-schoolers, here’s some highlights from their report.
“Highly qualified and experienced staff are extremely skilful in providing high-quality learning experiences.”
“Children demonstrate a thirst for learning. For example, children use a saw to cut branches, which they make into wooden blocks for the construction area. Children transfer these skills as they construct weaving frames.”
“Healthy lifestyles are embedded in the curriculum. Staff offer children a rich set of experiences. For example, children make dens and use real wood working tools, demonstrating high levels of skill and concentration.”
“Children are extremely happy and settled in the forest school. Every aspect of the day is a learning opportunity.”
“The environment provides a wealth of learning opportunities. For example, children paint using natural resources and problem solve how they can unblock a sink in the mud kitchen.”
“Children understand the safety rules of the ‘campfire’ and show immense care as they tend to the nursery chickens.”
Using our Imaginations
“Children have vivid imaginations. They designate roles within their play and name different areas in the environment such as ‘dragon mountain’ and ‘witches cottage’.”
“Staff place children’s well-being at the centre of their practice. As a result, children form positive relationships with others. Children are independent and confident and their behaviour is exemplary.”
“Care practices are first class which significantly impact on children’s confidence and self-motivation. Staff encourage children to attempt things by themselves which promotes resilience.”
“They (the children) show a great fascination for exploration and investigation and are extremely confident communicators.”
Health and Wellbeing
“Children plant, grow and eat their own vegetables. They explore the effect of exercise on the body. They discuss changes they observe as their heart rate quickens and their breath becomes visible in the cold air.”
“Parents are extremely complimentary about the service provided. They state, ‘children gain experience of the real world and gain skills they can take through life’ and ‘wow, staff are amazing!’”
Speaking about the achievement, Nursery Manager, Rachel Doyle said, “The team has worked really hard over the last few years to develop a unique pre-school outdoor learning experience, it is fantastic to have this recognised by OFSTED. We incorporate all aspects of normal nursery learning utilising nature and outdoors giving every child an early years experience that fosters team work and confidence. We really believe that this is a fantastic way to learn and we want to share this with as many children as possible.”
The Kids adVentures Prestwich Forest School is a full time pre-school which operates as an extension to our Prestwich Nursery. The children start at the Prestwich nursery from aged 0 upwards and progress over to the forest school site full time when they reach pre-school age.
To book a visit to the forest school pre-school or to the Prestwich Nursery contact us at Tel: 0161 798 7465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read the full OFSTED report here.
The Kids adVentures Forest School also offers holiday clubs, home education sessions, birthday parties and adult forest school training.
Book before end of July 2019 and get 10% off your first month of childcare and pay no deposit. Places must start
during 2019 to be eligible.
This is available across all of our nurseries in Prestwich, Radcliffe and Salford until 31st July 2019.
We have a limited amount of spaces available to join our outdoor ethos nurseries.
As a social enterprise, not for profit nursery we realise that the first month of nursery can be expensive. So we have removed deposits and kept our prices as low as possible to ensure we make our nursery education as accessible as possible.
All of our nurseries have a Forest School element to them. Our Prestwich nursery has a dedicated full time forest school which our pre-schoolers attend all day everyday. At our Salford and Radcliffe nurseries our pre-school children go out on forest school trips at least once a week.
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What are the benefits?
Working in the outdoors daily and doing something you love. Having the freedom to set up your own forest school with an ethos created by you. Ability to work with all different ages, running sessions around outdoor activities that interest you.
To achieve a nationally recognised qualification that is part of a national framework.
To inspire and empower youngsters through learning in the outdoors.
How soon can I start leading my own sessions?
You can start running your own forest school sessions after you have completed your first 7 days of theory and practical training. You can continue to run these sessions for the full 12 months until you have qualified. You must qualify within the initial 12 months in order to keep running your sessions.
Do I need to have a group that I can work with in to complete the practical sessions and qualify?
You will need to lead a minimum of 6 of your own sessions in order to qualify. However we will be able to provide you with groups to work with if this is required.
How long does it take to qualify?
Qualification takes between 9 and 12 months depending on how quickly you complete your portfolio.
Are there any entry requirements?
Yes, you will need to have a Level 2 qualification in Education or Woodland Management.
How does the trainer assess the learner?
We use a variety of different assessment methods to check that the assessment criteria is being met and give plenty of feedback along the way to help you keep on track.
Practical skills such as fire, tool and rope work will be assessed during our practical training days.
Trainees will be assessed in a variety of ways giving the flexibility to tailor the assessment around methods that the learner is most comfortable with. Types of assessment methods include:
Scenario based assessment
Your portfolio can consist of oral, digital or written evidence (or a mixture of these).
What is the time commitment?
In addition to the theory and practical days you will need to complete around 120 hours of independent study time during the 12 months in order to complete your 6 sessions and portfolio.
What support is available?
We provide a variety of support during and beyond your training. Garry is a very approachable tutor who takes time to ensure each learner has a good understanding.
In addition to the 7 days of theory and practical learning at the centre we will also provide a number of additional non-compulsory learning days which learners can use as and when needed.
Garry will also provide lots of 121 support particularly around running your own sessions.
Face to face, telephone and email support will be available throughout your learning period.
Who is the trainer?
Garry Roberts is our Forest School Trainer. He is an ex high school teacher, forest school practitioner and outdoor enthusiast. In between running forest school training Garry delivers forest school sessions to different groups locally in Salford and Greater Manchester from pre-school sessions through to sessions for Over 50’s and sessions for people with mental health problems.
Where is the training held?
Our Centre is just outside of Manchester City Centre. We are only 10 minutes drive away from Manchester’s Central Railway Stations.
We have a fully enclosed centre with full facilities with an adjoining woodland that we can walk straight out into. Training is therefore conducted both within our enclosed site and out in the woodland.
The address for our Centre is – Garden Needs, 1 Radford Street, Salford M7 4NT
How much does the course cost?
The total cost for the 12 month course is £800. We offer a number of flexible payment places where you can pay in 4 installments of £200 across the 12 month training period.
How can I book?
Contact us on Tel: 0161 212 4980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hold Young and Old sessions at our nursery in Salford every 2 weeks. Here our pre-school children and residents from local care homes come together to take part in an activity together.
The kinds of activities that we do are crafts, singing, afternoon tea, dancing, games, chair exercise and more.
Both age groups get a great deal out of the session and come away laughing and smiling.
We have been running intergenerational sessions at Kids adVentures for 2 years now, it’s something that we think is really important.
Simone Sharrock, Activities Coordinator at The Angel Centre says, “We hold a variety of different activities for the older generation at The Angel Centre but this is by far the one that gets the biggest reaction. The older people all take part and become really animated, even those that rarely show a reaction end up involved and happy.
Robert Hughes, Manager at Kids adVentures Salford says, “The children look forward to the sessions with the older people. They learn age isn’t a barrier, they gain respect for the older generation and really enjoy singing with them and hearing their stories. The children really look forward to seeing their older friends”
Kids adVentures and The Angel Centre are both part of health and wellbeing organisation Social adVentures. The social enterprise organisation is constantly looking for ways to innovate to help people of all ages live healthier and happier lives.
In the nurseries they provide a variety of free services including weekly Move and Groove sessions, swimming and lots of outdoor play. Kids adVentures also runs two Forest Schools where pre-school children learn outdoors full time.
If you are a Salford care home that would like to take part in our intergenerational sessions give us a call on Tel: 0161 212 4980 and speak to Simone.
If you are a parent who would like to come and have a look at our Salford nursery call Rob on Tel: 0161 212 4965
We’ve had the first week of our new Radcliffe Forest School this week and have enjoyed exploring our new space.
We have been out into the woods around Close Park, have enjoyed activity at our base around Radcliffe Tower and have been out into the E’es to see what wildlife we can find.
We have been identifying plants, doing mini beast hunts, building dens and learning new skills. We’ve enjoyed playing games, team working with our new friends and exploring this wonderful outdoor space.
The Forest School is open during school holidays for children aged 4-12 years old. During term time our nursery pre-school will be based at the Forest School 3 days a week.
Just 2 minutes walk away from our nursery base we are lucky to have access to this wonderful and varied natural space where we can carry out forest school activity.
This is our second forest school, our first one having been established for 2 years, is based in Prestwich and is extremely popular.
We have 5 fully trained forest school leaders who run all of our outdoor sessions. There is an emphasis on learning through play, building confidence, team work and imagination.
The forest school is open 7.30am to 6pm with drop-off and pick-up at our Radcliffe Nursery.
A typical day at Forest School starts with drop off at the nursery between 7.30am and 9.30am. We then walk the 2 minutes to our site at Radcliffe Tower where we sit on our tree stumps and have a morning meeting led by the children. Here we discuss the rules of forest school and what activity we would like to do that morning. We then do the set activity followed by free play before lunch. We meet back at the nursery for lunch before heading out again either to carry on the morning activity or to start a new activity. The outdoors day ends with more free play before heading back to the nursery at 4.30pm in time for pick up which is available up until 6pm.
To find out more about our nursery and forest school book a look around today. Call 0161 7240700 or email email@example.com