Childhood Practice students undertake Forest Kindergarten unit

Childhood practice students learning Forest Kindergarten unit

Students on the HNC Childhood Practice at Glasgow Clyde College undertake a Forest Kindergarten unit as part of the course, enabling them to learn how to plan, prepare, set up and lead play in a woodland environment. They also learn about the many benefits of being in woodlands for children and staff, including how trees support a healthy planet by filtering the air and storing CO2, and how trees help to ameliorate the impact of flooding and help to stabilise the soil to avoid it being washed away.

The Forest Kindergarten training centres around 'The Place,' 'The People,' and 'The Pedagogy'. This learning combines to highlight to students how important our natural world is, and we also link this to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This allows students to consider three principles; caring for the environment, respect for others and being responsible for self and own actions in nature.

Arriving in the woods, discussing risk assment and caring for the woodland.

Forest Kindergarten student with lecturer Deborah

Students collect woodland materials to create an outfit for 'outdoor bear'

Forest Kindergarten 2

Outdoor bear wearing the outfit

Outdoor bear