The Great Out­doors

Coventry Telegraph - - WORLD - By DAVID WHINYATES

A GROW­ING nurs­ery has in­vested in a new For­est School for chil­dren in or­der to pre­pare them for their fu­tures by util­is­ing the power of the great out­doors.

The Early Learn­ing Camp, in Ex­hall, opened its doors in Jan­uary and now em­ploys eight mem­bers of staff with an in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren en­joy­ing the fruits of its unique ethos, which is based on the Amer­i­can phi­los­o­phy of fam­ily val­ues, ed­u­ca­tion, out­door life and team build­ing.

The “Amer­i­can Camp” style nurs­ery, based on Black­horse Road, near to the Bay­ton Road In­dus­trial Es­tate, utilises the great out­doors to help pre­pare chil­dren for their fu­ture.

This fits in per­fectly with the lat­est in­vest­ment to the site, an out­door For­est School which owner He­len Slater hopes will pro­vide a unique at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies and will be on dis­play at an up­com­ing open day between 10am and 2pm on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

The For­est School rep­re­sents the first step on a phased three-year in­vest­ment, which will see the ad­di­tion of sen­sory paths and the plant­ing of trees and shrubs to cre­ate a for­est area, as well as a Hol­ly­wood Stage.

Par­ents will be given a chance to dis­cuss the Early Learn­ing Camp ethos in more de­tail with staff at the open event later this month.

He­len said: “Re­search has proven that chil­dren are stim­u­lated by the out­doors and over time this sees an in­crease in their self-be­lief, con­fi­dence, learn­ing ca­pac­ity, prob­lem solv­ing skills and emo­tional well-be­ing.

“We want chil­dren to be able to ex­plore, use their imag­i­na­tions and get in­volved in all that is free to en­joy from na­ture.

“Na­ture is at the heart of our mis­sion and our aim has been to cre­ate a For­est School to help the chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral world for them­selves and to learn vi­tal life skills that will help them pre­pare for their fu­ture lives.”

The nurs­ery is man­aged by Louise Lally, who says that the in­vest­ment in the For­est School shows that The Early Learn­ing Camp is fo­cused on con­tin­u­ously mov­ing for­ward.

She said: “It is great to be part of a nurs­ery where things are for­ever im­prov­ing as we con­stantly strive to of­fer more for fam­i­lies.

“The For­est School is go­ing to be a won­der­ful ad­di­tion to the nurs­ery as the ben­e­fits to chil­dren are vast.

“To be able to of­fer new learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is what our ethos is based upon.

“We have ex­cel­lent staff here who are trained to Lev­els 5 and 6 and we are all look­ing for­ward to meet­ing par­ents.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion email info@ear­lylearn­ing­ or call 02476 367070.

From left to right, Claire Greer, with Tan­veer, aged three, Zoe Grif­fiths, Ge­or­gia O’Don­nell. Mar­shall, Maci-J, both aged three and Loui, aged 2.

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