"It is great to be outdoors, learning through play, while getting fresh air, exploring, building resilience and teamwork. The tribes will be a cool way of still following guidelines."
Garry Roberts, a Forest School trainer and leader,
A Salford Forest School has been inundated with requests by parents for their summer holiday clubs in the wake of COVID-19.
All 720 places at Kids AdVentures Forest School holiday clubs have been booked up and to make sure the children have fun during the summer they will be leaving behind the ‘COVID-19 conversation’ ditching the terms ‘protective bubbles’ and ‘social distancing’ in favour of creating tribes – fitting to their wildlife outdoor setting.
Kate Simpson, Service Director, at Social adVentures, which runs Kids adVentures, said: “Our Forest School holiday club has booked up much quicker than usual with parents thinking it is vital for their children to be outdoors over the summer due to the pandemic. We have had new nursery enquiries go through the roof due to our emphasis on outdoor learning and more primary schools are wanting to take up our Forest School training so they can be ready to be outside more for the restart of school in September.
“Outdoor learning is the future, it is at the heart of what we do, and could prove invaluable in the fight against coronavirus.
“It has been so tough for children during this time and we want them to have as much fun as possible in the outdoors and shield them as much as possible from the ‘COVID-19 conversation’ to protect their mental well-being.”
Garry Roberts, a Forest School trainer and leader at Kids adVentures, will be on hand to make sure the small ‘tribes’ of children are embracing the outdoors in all weather.
He said: “It is great to be outdoors, learning through play, while getting fresh air, exploring, building resilience and teamwork. The tribes will be a cool way of still following guidelines but without having to talk about it all the time, so they can have fun and embrace the wildlife setting with names like Stag, Squirrel and Owl for their tribes.”
Mum, Lauren Reyhani, sent her three-year-old daughter Bobbi, back to Kids adVentures, Prestwich when the nursery setting re-opened.
She added: “We made the choice for Bobbi to have a nursery that has Forest School before the pandemic, we very much believe in having a foundation of outdoor experiences, it builds her confidence and skill set. We would much rather she be muddy, in her wellies, and name three different trees rather than know her way around an iPad. We say there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. I think more parents will now choose Forest School settings when making nursery choices because of COVID-19.”
Kids adVentures has not only seen an increase in demand for its holiday clubs and nursery places but primary schools have wanting training in Forest School in time for the return in September.
One school that has just undertaking training is St Boniface RC Primary School, Salford.
Headteacher Julie Bainbridge added: “We are extremely concerned about the return to school in September for many of our pupils after such a long break and we think Forest School will really engage them and make learning fun.
“Being outside will be a big plus. We think it will help with pupils’ mental and emotional health and make them excited to come to school. It’s also easier to be socially distant outdoors.”
For more information on Kids adVentures go to: www.kidsadventures.co.uk