Our Forest School
Our Pre-School Allotment
We are so excited to be able to add our very own allotment for our Pre-Schoolers to enjoy. With the help of two of our trustees and our staff, we have prepared the soil, laid out the growing beds, set up a shaded area for our little growers to rest, installed a mud kitchen and digging zone, and a giant bug hotel.
The children have planted and harvested tomatoes, beans, turnips, potatoes and curly kale, to name just a few. They have enjoyed cooking with their crops, in the setting, at forest school or taking them home to their families. The children enjoy following the rhythm of sowing, cultivating and harvesting the produce they have grown.
Our Feathered Pre-School Members
We have recently installed a chicken coop and run to house the chicks that the children hatched from eggs during Easter 2022. The children were fascinated by the incubator as they waited patiently for the eggs to hatch. We now have 6 chickens in their permanent home in our Forest School, which the children have named and where they help to care for them and collect their eggs, ready to take home or cook on the firepit.
The Stacey Pre-School is very fortunate to have plenty of access to The Stacey Centre's own organic orchard, which is populated with heritage fruit trees including, apple, pear, plum, peach as well as grape vines, strawberries, redcurrants, figs, blackberries and raspberries - to name a few.
Recent development of an unused plot of land has meant that The Stacey Pre-School's interior setting now seamlessly leads out to a dedicated play patio which in turn offers direct access onto our exclusive Forest School area with mini allotment and a sensory garden. This has more than tripled the area of outside space available to our children every day.
We hold regular Forest School activities to enrich our Early Years' curriculum including bush craft, den building, firepit cooking and we use lots of natural resources in Forest School crafting activities to develop gross and fine motor skills and encourage creativity. We support physical development with the inclusion of a slack line, lots of loose parts for den building and exploration and with a climbing frame - when the trees aren't being used.
Over the Summer break we further developed this area with the inclusion of an 'Exploration Station' and all weather Literacy and Numeracy stations with lots of quality resources to support play and learning outdoors.
Forest School Association Accreditation
Our Forest School sessions are run by an accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader.