Forest Area

Heath House Day Nursery is proud to announce that as of Spring 2015, our Forest Area has been open for the children of Wentwood and Heath House Day Nursery to use.

A Forest Area is a large open space of woodland area, complete with trees, log stump seating area, make believe camp site, den areas, bird houses, twigs, leaves and plenty of insects and natural habitation. Based on the Scandinavian concept of ‘Forest Schools’, Forest Areas and forest activities are seen as a positive way to introduce children to the outdoors and to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and secure atmosphere. Not only this, through long term and regular visits, Forest Area activities can teach children how to handle risks, use their initiative and learn the basics of co-operating with peers. Furthermore, there is nothing better than letting the children get back to nature and run free and explore with fresh air and never ending possibilities for discovery and imaginative play.

Heath House is delighted to be able to offer such an exciting and innovative approach to teaching and learning and is especially lucky to be one of the few Nurseries in the area that has this facility to offer.

What Activities Happen in a Forest Area?

The scope and variety of activities that can be done in the Forest Area are endless! From themed sessions to den making, story time around the camp site to making bird feed balls or using the mud kitchen, visiting the bug hotel or doing some nature investigating with magnifying glasses, the outdoor environment provides the perfect place for imaginations to run wild and child led activities to occur. Small groups with high staff ratios ensure that the children’s needs are met and that safety is a number one priority.

Other Activities:

  • Learning about the seasons
  • Environmental Art
  • Bird watching
  • Songs around the fire pit
  • Outdoor snack times
  • Going on a bear hunt
  • Teddy bears picnic
  • Games