Here are our ideas on what to say instead. As adults, we often use the words ‘be careful’ when children start exploring, or when they are doing something for the first time. However, when we say ‘be careful’ we are being so broad and actually, very vague; it isn’t specific at all. Saying ‘be careful’ actually infers that there is fear or danger ahead, but it doesn’t state what it is that is to be feared, so children may sense the fear and become apprehensive and unconfident.
As an Early Years setting we were lucky enough to only be closed for 8 weeks during the initial lockdown to protect our staff and families from COVID-19. We reopened in June for children who were in need of care, key worker’s children and for those children who were going up to Primary school in September. We aimed to provide the children with stability, stimulation and helping establish routines to support them into the next stage of their education. What changes did we see
At Alfriston Pre-School we ensure that every day is an opportunity to learn the Forest School way whether we are in our beautiful hall, at the forest site, our allotment or out for a walk. We run our Forest site from the heart of the Village, it is an off-grid site with a yurt, a straw cosy corner, a mud kitchen, lots of trees to climb, a fire circle and even a story throne! Our natural learning ethos is about encouraging children to be experiential, exploratory, self-led and