At The Nest Forest School, we view every child as a curious and capable being, worthy of kindness, love, and respect. Each child is unique and full of potential. At The Nest, we provide ample time to connect, play, and learn from the land in order to meet each child's individual needs and interests, allowing them to grow and to flourish.
Each child is an essential part of our community at The Nest Forest School, and we seek to cultivate a space in which each child can strengthen their sense of empathy towards others, deepen their awareness of others in their community, and build a connection with the land around them.
At The Nest, we see each child as a whole being, where nurturing the head and the heart is of equal importance, hand in hand. We value the knowledge and skills that each child brings with them from their experiences, their relationships, their family, their culture, and their community. We have so much to learn from each other.
We aim to build a foundation for a healthy start for children by fostering a deep sense of curiosity and by holding space for significant amounts of outdoor, child-led exploratory play. We encourage learners to develop a deep sense of place through understanding their role in the natural world.
Our teaching is guided by the local landscape, and inspired by learners' passions and seasonal changes.
General Flow at Forest School Our days will vary, depending on the weather, and the interests and needs of the children. While our daily routines are constant, their timing, duration and location vary according to the wonders of that day! 8:30 - 8:45 amDrop off 8:30 - 9:30 am Soft start (trickle-in activities) 9:30 - 10:00 amGratitude circle + Morning routines (song, story, question of the day) 10:00 - 10:30 amSnack + Story (indoor or outdoor depending on weather) 10:30 - 11:00 am Group activity 11:00 - 12:00 pmCore Outdoor Routine + Exploratory Play 12:00 - 12:45 pm Lunch + Quiet time 12:45 - 2:15 pmCore Outdoor Routine + Exploratory Play 2:15 - 2:45 pmSnack + Story (indoor or outdoor depending on weather) 2:45 - 3:15 pm Kindness + Closing circle (Sharing treasures, sing a song, Story of the Day) 3:15 - 3:30 pm Pick up
Flow & Curriculum
Our programs are designed with empathy, awareness and community at their heart.
Programming at The Nest Forest School is outdoors, child-led, imaginative, and focused on nurturing curiousity and wonder.
Our days are guided by the interests of the participants and shaped by our environment.
"I remember when my son was about three, in the constant questioning stage. Trying to be a good mother, I dutifully answered every question with some informative explanation.
Then one day in the middle of another train of questions and answers, he suddenly wailed up at me, "Mom, DON'T ANSWER!" and he burst into tears of outrage.
I was stunned, but crouching down to hug his tears away, I realized that he didn't want my answers. All those questions were a plea to come into his world with him, at his level, to join with him in his curiousity."
- Ellen Haas, co-author of Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature