The Forest School approach puts the child at the centre of regular woodland play. We have unparalleled access to a private woodland overlooking the river with a camp and extensive play area for building dens, rope bridges, creative learning and much more. It is a truly magical spot.
The session is led by Lisa Chell of Stickstacks, a qualified Forest School leader and village resident. She has a wealth of knowledge of the woods and the wildlife and is absolutely amazing with the children. Lisa is supported by the rest of our wonderful staff throughout the session.
‘Forest school turned my shy nervous little boy into someone who was more confident physically. The great thing about it is that, with support, he was allowed to manage his own risks and learn at his own pace.’
Forest School is our pride and joy not only for the children, but the staff and parents who get involved and volunteer. Stoke Gabriel and our pre-school are in an incredible environment, nestled close to woodlands and mill pond on the banks of the picturesque River Dart. This area is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Many visitors and tourists come to Stoke Gabriel to marvel at the natural setting and ever-changing moods of the natural world through the seasons here. For our pre-school children they get the privilege of doing this on a weekly basis throughout the year.
Children who attend our pre-school on a Thursday will attend our Farm School once a month. The farm school is held at nearby South Devon College. We have an excellent relationship with their Animal Care Unit which has pygmy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, meerkats and much more.
This is a delightful experience and gives the children an understanding of the environment in which they live. It provides a great opportunity for children to learn about working on a farm and also gain an understanding of animal care, conservation and the natural world.
We provide mini bus transport to and from Farm school every week.