Who we are...
Nature Nurture Sussex are a not for profit group and about to become a Community Interest Company. We have been able to develop, in large part to initial funding from West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network. We are also very grateful to Gatwick Airport Community Trust; Mid Sussex District Council and South East Water for recent donations they have made to us. We are currently participating in the Lloyds Bank Social Enterpreneurs Programme and learning lots!
We are local parents ourselves and Level 3 Forest School Leaders, all of whom have enhanced DBS checks and first aid qualifications. We are very much a community group and want parents to get involved, so please contact us if you are interested. Above all we want to encourage parents to take their children outside & enjoy the countryside on our doorstep and for children to have fun, learn to use tools safely, build dens and campfires and have some time away from screens!
At our sessions children will be able to play in the woods, see and feel the changes in the seasons, learn about plants and wildlife and have the freedom to explore. They can play with sticks and mud, jump in puddles, climb trees and develop their skills and confidence. They will probably get wet and muddy, sometimes they may get a bit cold but they will also very definitely have fun, be free to explore and use their imaginations!
Forest school is very much play based and child led. While there will always be an activity that they can participate in if they want to – for example, making woodland crafts, painting with natural materials, going on bug hunts or building dens there is a lot of free play in the woods. We will often tell stories or sing songs, play games and have drinks and treats around the fire. There is not much that can beat sitting round a campfire.
To get more of an idea about what goes on at Forest School please look at the Forest School Association Website: www.forestschoolassociation.org
Or have a look at this video made by Surrey County Council: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptkID2k091I