Woodland Adventurers’ outdoor kindergarten, an outdoor preschool nursery located in Box, Corsham in Wiltshire has been graded as “outstanding” in their first Ofsted inspection.
At Woodland Adventurers, children from the age of 3 years spend all their time learning in the outdoors, in all weathers; taking a more Scandinavian-style approach to education. Children have 4 acres of woodland to learn and play in where they have campfires, use tools and feed farm animals, as well as go for hikes in the local countryside.
The Ofsted report is glowing with positivity throughout, such as “all children make substantial and sustained progress consistently in all areas of learning” and “children’s physical health and emotional well-being benefit greatly from the opportunity to learn in the open air with a range of natural materials and outdoor experiences”.
Chris Harvey (Director) is delighted with the “outstanding” result and is keen to recognize that this outcome is the result of a highly dedicated team who are all passionate about making a positive contribution to children’s lives through connecting them with real experiences in the natural world “it is overwhelming to achieve the result that the whole team deserve through their hard work and dedication, as well as their attention to detail in striving for excellence. Our team is proving that children’s happiness and learning thrives in leaps and bounds when they are immersed in nature”.
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Ofsted inspection confirms Woodland Adventurers Outdoor Kindergarten in Box, Corsham - Wiltshire is "Outstanding" (2017)
"Outstanding" Ofsted inspection report for Outdoor Kindergarten (outdoor nursery / outdoor preschool / nature school / forest school - Box, Corsham - Wiltshire)
Excerpts from the Ofsted inspection report are here:
This provision is outstanding
What the setting needs to do to improve further
Benefits of learning nature's lifecycles in the outdoors
Learning the theory about lifecycles has it place, but it can't beat real hands-on experiences of nature. Pre-school children learning in the real world. Our very friendly ewe, "Toffee" has given birth to a boy, called "Pickle" and a girl "Lilly" - names chosen by our kindergarten children.
Woodland Adventurers Outdoor Kindergarten in Box, Corsham has been awarded the highest level (Level 5) for the Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating. This highest level achievement takes into account the outdoor nature of our setting including visiting and feeding our farm animals.
Hi everyone, we are now back home from our exciting and long adventure holiday. We had so much fun and met so many lovely new children. However, it's always good to be back. We can't wait to see all our regular children friends in the Woodland Adventurers Outdoor Kindergarten in Monkton Farleigh tomorrow morning. We are so excited! Teee...heee...!!!
CHURCHFIELDS, THE VILLAGE SCHOOL receives an Award of £10,000 to create a natural outdoor theatre including a low level stage with grass seating on the sloping playing fields at the School, the Children will be central to all stages of the Project. Working with Woodland Adventurers and a performing arts specialist the School will use the space to teach performing arts including acting, stage management, advertising and budgeting. The outdoor performances, open to the local community, will create future funding to sustain the ongoing Project.
Children from 2 years of age through to 11 years of age will be integral to the project covering broad aspects that support the national curriculum from EYFS to KS1 and KS2 such as:
The vision is to inspire new generations of children from 2 years of age to 11 years of age to gain a love for the performing arts, building their self-confidence and creativity that supports their lifelong learning, capabilities and happiness.