Youngsters enjoy some forest fun

Another picture of children enjoying the Goosehill forest school holiday club.
Another picture of children enjoying the Goosehill forest school holiday club.

CHILDREN from across Morpeth enjoyed the great outdoors during half-term.

A forest school holiday club was organised for youngsters aged five to eight at Hepscott Park.

As well as exploring the woodland, they built hiding places and dens, bird feeders, habitats for insects and small animals and made a campfire.

They also used tools to create their own woodland items, participated in a range of Halloween-based activities, such as making broomsticks and carving pumpkins, and enjoyed some outdoor games, woodland art and storytelling.

The week-long event was put together by educational psychologist and early years teacher Amanda Willis, who has recently taken over the Bambinos nursery at Hepscott Park, now called Goosehill Early Excellence, and experienced forest school leader Claire Larsen.

They have introduced daily forest school sessions for the children attending the nursery.

Mrs Willis said: “It was nice to run the forest school for first school children and those taking part had an absolutely wonderful time.

“They were doing things that children nowadays don’t usually get the chance to do and as well as the planned activities, they enjoyed exploring the woodland.

“The feedback from parents was very positive because their children were outdoors every day. During school holidays, some youngsters will spend a lot of time indoors watching television or playing computer games.

“In the woodland, framed by safety routines and established boundaries, children pick up a range of practical skills, learn through exploration and discovery in the natural world and do physical activities such as climbing and swinging to develop their balance and body control.”

At parental request the holiday club will run again in February.

To enquire about the nursery, which caters for babies from six weeks to five years of age, or to book a place at the club, telephone 01670 517770.