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Closely associated with the Danish early years programme, the Forest School concept was brought to England by staff of Bridgwater College, Somerset, following an exchange visit to Denmark in 1993. Drawing on interviews with three Forest School workers and data posted on the Bridgwater College Forest School website, the article outlines and then evaluates the key aims, approach and ethos of Forest School, focusing specifically on its relevance to young children (aged three to five years). It is suggested that while the significance of self-esteem and learning styles may be over-emphasised and, in some cases, opportunities for environmental education under-emphasised, Forest School fits well both with traditional views of ‘good’ early childhood education and more recent curriculum frameworks in England and Wales, whilst also addressing current cultural concerns about children's increasingly sedentary and managed lifestyles.

Item Type : File
Url : http://cie.sagepub.com/content/8/4/320.short
Languages : English
Published by : Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Resource types :
Subject : Environment
Priority Action Area : Priority Action Area 2 Transforming learning and training environments
Collation : 0
Themes :
    Sustainable cities and human settlements
Regions : Europe
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