Using nature to nurture
Increasing confidence and wellbeing in our children
Picture the scene; the sound of twigs snapping underfoot, the smell of pine needles in the air and the curiosity in your child’s eyes as they learn a new skill.
Roots to Branches is about reconnecting our children with nature. Getting outdoors in the fresh air promotes confidence and well being; vital to a child’s development.
We get them engaging with the environment and offer alternative learning through fun, safe woodland based activities.
Affects of our Forest Schools include smiles, increased confidence and wellbeing, muddy shoes, grass stained knees and dirty finger nails.
I mentioned Forest school. What is it?
Aside from being fun? Forest School is increased confidence and wellbeing. It’s learning brand new skills in an alternative, child led learning experience. Extensive research has shown that children who experience outdoor play and learning are healthier, have more motivation and better social skills.
During the sessions your child will learn about tree and plant life and how to protect them, fire safety, campfire cooking, safe use of tools and woodland crafts to name a few. These new skills teach confidence, responsibility, empathy, tolerance, compassion and independence.
Our Forest Schools are all year round and in all weather (within reason) and are for
both children and adults alike. We offer lots of services which can be found on the menu above.
Meet Jenna; Founder and play practitioner
Based in the Lancashire at a new site in Esprick. Roots to Branches is run by a former Park Ranger, Jenna Benson. Jenna has worked with people of all ages throughout her career and is passionate about nature and child led play. She is a member of the Forest School Association and holds qualifications in Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Outdoor First Aid, Level 2 Food Safety and is fully DBS/CRB vetted.
Meet Lisa; Woodland play practitioner
Lisa joined the team early in 2019 as a volunteer then started part time later that year. Lisa is a level 3 Forest School Practitioner with Outdoor First Aid and Early Years level 3 and is fully DBS checked.
Lisa is passionate about working with babies, toddlers and children in the great outdoors.