Forest School Childminders

Children love playing in natural environments, yet they don’t do it nearly enough. Mel Parks looks at how childcarers can make the most of exploring the great outdoors with young children.

“The woodland is a special place. It is detached from the rest of the world and always changing. There is an abundance of things for the children to explore and talk about. They are happy to pick up sticks, dig in the mud, play with leaves, count ladybirds, and watch insects crawl,” observes Heidi Evans, a childminder, early years professional and forest school leader from Purley-on-Thames.

Common childhood experiences, you might think, and yet fewer than 10 per cent of children play in woodlands, countryside and heaths compared to 40 per cent of adults when they were young, according to a 2009 Natural England report. This is despite the growing research showing the considerable health and wellbeing benefits of spending time in natural green spaces.

This 1500 word article was published in Child Care Magazine. To read it in full as a sample of my work, email me.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s