From Church Fenton to the wilds!


YOUNGSTERS and staff from a Church Fenton nursery had a training day to remember as Operations Manager, Nicole Newiss, used her experience as a fully qualified Forest School Leader to enhance the nurseries team work.

Fifteen staff members from Jigsaws Childcare used the day to make fires, cook over the open fire, work together to move water and support their team mates to move around the woods blind folded.

At Jigsaws nursery children have been accessing forest school sessions supported by Nicole and her team. The children have really benefited from walking to the woodland, playing games, making dens and using tools to create craft inspired designs and musical instruments.

Nicole Newiss said “ The children have benefited so much from Forest School sessions, they have grown in confidence over the sessions and experienced new levels of managed risk, that children very rarely get to access nowadays. It was different creating a session that would work for our own staff but the team

building and fun element of Forest Schools worked really well”.

Frances Heaney, Crawlers & Explorers Room Supervisor said “I’ve really enjoyed using the tools to create a harmonica from the wood,”

“I felt a little nervous using the bill hook and bow saw at first but the rest of the team was supportive and I felt happy with my achievement.

“Jigsaws offers Forest School Sessions for children who attend the nursery and after school club but also work closely with other nurseries and settings to provide all children of various ages the chance to experience outdoor learning.”