Forest Kindergarten Training: Local Nature Play


Delivered by Circle of Life Rediscovery at Bedgebury Pinetum

Course is 2 days –  4th and 18th November

Cost £175

Forest Kindergarten is modelled on a Forest School approach and is based around child-centred learning through play in the Early Years. Forest Kindergartens offer young children frequent visits and regular play opportunities in a local, natural setting all year round – this could be a woodland, park or even a beach!

The aim of this two-day training is to develop Early Years practitioners’ skills to enable and empower them to make regular visits to a local greenspace/woodland.

What themes underpin this training?

Based upon three themes- people, place and pedagogy (activities).

The importance of sustained, free play for children’s development and engagement.

The value of nature for well-being – both for child and practitioner.

Making a connection with the natural world leading to long term environmental awareness and care for our world.

Importance of reflective practice.

Key Content:

How to prepare both yourselves as practitioners and your young children to go to a greenspace.

Setting up a suitable site and setting boundaries with children.

Preparing for risks (risk benefit model).

Research on the benefits of playing and learning outdoors.

Games and songs to support children with the routines of regular visits to a greenspace.

What People Say​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​:

“I enjoyed this training so much! Having already been doing Forest School with the older children I was struggling to do fun and exciting things with the early years- you have bought back my confidence and given me lots of ideas and ways to improve my practice.” Vikki Osborne 2020 Participant

To book use this link:

The course is run at the Bright Sparks Permanent Forest School site at Bedgebury Pinetum (TN17 2SJ) the course is held outside for the duration of the day. It is a short walk from the car parking to the site, toilets and the cafe.  More details such as directions, what to wear and bring will be emailed out once you have booked on.

If you have any questions beforehand please email the team on for course content info please contact

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