Our programme for children between 3 and 6 years old.
Our age ranges are flexible. If your child is younger than 3 or older than 6 years but you think that the forest is what you are looking for feel free to speak with us to see if we can meet your needs.
We offer a British bilingual program centred around personal development and emotional intelligence through self-directed play, creativity, multisensory experiences and deep meaningful connection to nature.
From British origins and Scandinavian inspiration, our Forest Playschool is an emotionally safe and prejudice-free space in which each child spends their time according to their own interests, needs and rhythms in an extraordinary natural environment.
The guides act to accompany the children in a non intrusive, respectful and receptive way supporting them using 4 key tools: Emotional validation, continuous observation, flexible planning and simplicity of resources.
About the Playschool
In the forest we have few rules and they can all be summed up in one word: Respect.
For the materials
The perfect recipe:
Improvisation and routine
In our sessions we look for the balance between routine and improvisation. The routine brings us confidence, comfort, familiarity and security while improvisation brings us adventure, creativity, problem solving skills, decision making… With these ingredients we experience sessions in which we can be ourselves, unhurried and in a state of calm.
The best place in the world:
Nature, simplicity and imagination
In VFS we don’t offer visits outside of our working hours. Why not? Forest school without children and their guides does not exist. Every morning we find ourselves before a blank canvas: stones, earth, leaves, the sound of the wind, fluttering birds, the frost on the leaves… And it is throughout the day that the magic emerges: cabins appear, mysterious faces, swings in the branches, art on the ground, great works of engineering… And when the time comes to tidy up, no matter how much it cost us to build it or how proud we are of the result, everything is returned to its original state and we give the forest back to its inhabitants. Leave No Trace.
Throughout these years, in that field of carob trees where we used to see nothing but carob trees, we now know that there is the dragons nest, the town of the witches, the powerful tree from whose top you can see the mountains, the mud river with hanging bridges, the mine, the secret cabin, the rabbit cave, the nest of the birds that did not want to be alone and crossed the ocean never to return, the tree of friendship… Countless magical places that are in the collective imagination of the people who go to the Forest every week.
What happens during a session?
Each day in our Playschool is different because the sessions are developed in an organic and receptive way.
The secret path
A small path takes us to Base Camp where we spend most of the time. This beautiful walk is something of a ritual; we say goodbye to the real world to become creatures of the forest.
During the session we have several moments in which we create community: storytelling, music, meals, reflection at the end of the day, team games, connection exercises with nature, creative invitations…
The pillar of the Forest school methodology. A session has various blocks of free and respectful play. These are long blocks of self-directed and uninterrupted play because meaningful learning through play requires at least 45 minutes.
Sometimes a transition is needed between the start of the session that is guide-led and the self-directed Play Projects. To support this process, we present an activity or material, typically related to sensory play and schema theory.
Creative invitations are experiences that are part guided based on the methodology of STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and maths). These experiences include the creative, experimental and safe use of a range of materials and tools.
Let the adventure begin!
At Valencia Forest School Playschool we cover the British Curriculum for Preschool Education (EYFS) through the British Forest School methodology.