Newark: New Screveton forest school to offer abundance of outdoor learning opportunities
A new forest school will offer children the chance to reap the benefits of learning in the great outdoors.
Father-of-four Nick Exley will launch A Little Bit Wilder Ltd Forest School in August with a jam-packed holiday club for children aged five to 13.
The activities, based at Farm Eco, Screveton, a community care farm off Lodge Lane, will include classes for babies, pre-school children and home schooled children from September.
Nick, of Newark, said: “It’s stuff that I have done with my own children since they were born really so I’m very excited to bring it to a wider market.
“I think that with the last two years that we have had, children have missed out on so many opportunities to do things and being outdoors is always the better option than being indoors.”
Nick has worked in the education sector since leaving the navy in 2011.
He was previously part of the Naturally Oudoors forest school, which ran in Newark for several years, and is now looking to use his background to give children the best possible outdoor learning experience.
“With the work that I’ve done in the past, you can see the benefits straight away,” Nick said.
“I think as a generation of parents we are very used to saying no all the time and that’s a very understandable mindset to have, but it doesn’t help children develop themselves and their own abilities.
“As parents our job is to make sure our children become confident, outgoing adults and if they are not given opportunities early on to discover what they can do and how they can keep themselves safe, then that job becomes harder and harder.
“Don’t be afraid to get dirty, don’t be afraid to explore and to learn.
“Giving children the opportunity to go out and find what they are interested in, that’s the post powerful thing that forest school provides.”
Two-thirds of tickets have already been sold for the A Little Bit Wilder holiday club.
Lessons will cost around £10 for a two-hour session and can be booked at alittlebitwilder.co.uk.