Joe Gilbert, Marketing Manager at Acorn Childcare, wanted to let us know about the new website launching for Forest Schools and more about what the woodland setting experience means for children:

Acorn Childcare began as a single nursery in 1989 in the village of Castlethorpe, where the company is still managed by the founder, Zoë Raven. Now, 25 years on and operating as a not-for-profit organisation, we run 9 nurseries with a 10th on the way, as well as running Forest Schools and several out of school clubs. In total we have approximately 2000 children currently in our care.

Launching this September, we are proud to present our brand new Forest Schools website. It offers our customers the functionality to book and pay for Forest School sessions, complete medical forms, and stay up to date with news and information. This not only offers an enhanced service and user experience for our customers, but streamlines our operating systems and takes our business a little further towards our aim to be paper-fee.

The website is built using a content management system, which allows it to be constantly updated with pictures, news and information. Our Forest Schools leaders can even blog live from the Forest, sharing updates in real-time.

Forest Schools is an exciting educational experience for children held in a woodland setting, offering an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning. The concept originated in Sweden in the 1950s, and was developed throughout other Scandinavian countries. Our philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire young children through an educational approach to outside play and learning. Children have a variety of first hand experiences while out in the forest, to support learning and development across the Early Years curriculum.

Children will use tools and play to learn about the boundaries of behaviour, both physical and social. It helps them to grow in confidence and self-esteem, and become self-motivated.

To take a look at the site, visit http://acornchildcare.co.uk/forestschools/

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