forest childcare

At Dee’s Childcare we provide enhanced opportunities for children to explore features of the natural world and express themselves creatively in everyday play, through the provision of a range of natural materials including those with interesting textures.  It is also about giving small children the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors on a regular basis.  It is about having a passion to deliver an outstanding outdoor experience to the children we look after.

As a member of the Forest Childcare Association, at Dee’s Childcare we practice the Five Principles of Forest Childcare and endeavour to put these principles into practice at our childcare setting:


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the five principles of forest childcare

1. We take the children to an outdoor environment normally once a week.
2. We ensure that outings are made as safe as is reasonably possible whilst encouraging children to learn to take their own risks.
3. We schedule our outings throughout the year, so children go outside whatever the weather.
4. We offer a mixture of planned and child-led play activities to the children.
5. All our childcare practitioners are first aid certified.

links to the EYFS

The importance of outdoor learning is recognised by the EYFS in terms of the positive impact it can have on children’s well-being and development.  All EYFS childcare providers should try and give the children they look after daily opportunities to play outdoors.

Forest Childcare can help to:

• Teach children to appreciate trees, fields, ponds and woods by spending time in the natural environment
• Improve emotional and physical wellbeing of children and the adults who look after them
• Improve children’s concentration, perseverance, cooperation and motivation skills
• Help children to stay fit and counter obesity because children move around naturally outdoors while they play
• Let off steam
• Provide opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others, through negotiation, taking turns and cooperation
• Improve physical skills gained from opportunities to run and balance
• Build knowledge and understanding of the world
• Provide rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness

If you would like to read more information about Forest Childcare, we can provide you with a link to the website or you can borrow our guide.

Forest school means that we go outdoors on outings at least once a week, whatever the weather.  Full details will be provided in the weekly plans via the babysdays system.  So with this in mind, please can you provide us with the following items to keep here:

+ A minimum of one complete set of spare clothes
+ Welliington boots
+ Sun cream
+ Sun hat

When you drop your child off in the mornings, please be aware of the weather and always assume that we will be going outdoors that day.  This means that if it's raining when you drop them off, please can you send a rain coat or splash suit.  By the same token, in the winter please bring gloves, a hat and a warm coat.  We will let you know if there are occasions where your child will need extra items (swimwear for example). 

You will need to sign permission forms to say that you are happy for us to take your child on regular outings, and to take them out in the car.  This permission slip excludes 'special outings'.  Special outings have separate permission forms and these will be available to you via the Baby's Days system.