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Knockbreda Nursery School

Council area: Belfast City Council
Forest School contact: Alison Devine
Main Forest School contact email address:
School website address:
Year of Forest School accreditation: 2019

Our Background: At Knockbreda Nursery School we are completely committed to the value of outdoor education and the positive impact learning outside has on our 3 and 4 year old pupils. In our Nursery School, the six areas of the pre-school curriculum are fully met both indoors and outdoors. Daily, we play outside, whatever the weather and in all seasons! Our children benefit from the physical, emotional, mental and cognitive benefits of playing outside in all types of weather and as a staff, we can see first-hand the benefits of this approach.

Our Forest School setting: Each week every child has the opportunity to take part in a Forest School session in our woodland space and during this session, our children can climb trees, make mud pies in our mud kitchen and eat snack around our campfire. Knockbreda Nursery School is situated in an urbanised area, close to Forestside Shopping Centre. As a school, we have cultivated a small woodland area which we use for these weekly Forest School sessions. Most of our children have to travel at least 2 miles to access their nearest green space. Therefore, for some of our children this is their only opportunity to enjoy a natural outdoor environment and to enjoy the wonder of the natural world around them. All of our staff have attended Forest School weekend training with NIFSA and Brian Poots. Our school Principal holds the Level 3 Forest School Award and two other staff members are currently undertaking their assignments for Level 3 accreditation.

Read an evaluation of the NIFSA Forest School Programme for Knockbreda Nursery School

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