Forest School Awards
The outreach programme for Learning Without Walls

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Sunshine Community Pre School

Council area: Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Forest School contact: Gwen McCrea
Main Forest School contact email address: sunshine.community.playgroup@gmail.com
School website address: www.sunshineplaygroup.co.uk
Year of Forest School accreditation: 2016

I Background: After a visit to Hazelwood Integrated Primary School to view a Forest School session we knew we just had to become a Forest School. We contacted NIFSA and they gave us initial advice about the field adjacent to our premises and possible sources of funding. We secured an Awards for All grant and 6 staff trained for the Forest School Leader Award Level 3. Brian from NIFSA visited us every Friday and we developed our own Gruffalo Wood. The kids love it and the parents love it just as much because they see how much the children benefit from it. We all received our Forest School Leader Awards in June 2016. We visit the Gruffalo Wood at every opportunity we get.

Making Forest School setting: We lease the field opposite the Sunshine premises from a local farmer. It is only a short walk across the road (we ensure staff stop all traffic when we cross) into our Gruffalo Wood. The wood has mature trees, a small pond, seating and lots of interesting additions e.g. fairy houses, wind chimes etc. The whole area is fenced off and is brilliant resource.

Read an evaluation of the NIFSA Forest School Programme for Sunshine Community Pre School


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