The local kindergarten group, Back to the Garden Childcare, emphasizes its commitment to a new forest school-based approach

The local kindergarten group, Back to the Garden Childcare, emphasizes its commitment to a new forest school-based approach with the appointment of a dedicated forest school leader.

Outdoor enthusiast and all-round gardening expert Mark Wallis from Sale joins the nursery on a permanent basis to deliver an exciting and engaging new curriculum based on hands-on learning experiences in the nursery’s beautiful garden complemented by visits to local parks, forests and green spaces.

In addition to the daily forestry school sessions, Mark will be responsible for tending the garden, helping the children learn about the daily watering and care of plants, herbs and vegetables. He will also help with teaching woodworking in the woodworking shed.

He is pleased to have been contacted to implement the new forestry school sessions and looks forward to involving the children in many different outdoor learning experiences.

He said: “For the past few years, I have had the privilege of caring for the glorious outdoor space at Back to the Garden in Broadheath as a self-employed garden contractor, and I can see how much it is loved and used by children on a daily basis.

“Implementing the new forestry school approach was an opportunity too good to miss and it feels like the natural next step for me to join the team on a permanent basis. I have always felt like part of the family Back to the Garden, since my wife is the unit manager in the nursery. She’s been there since the beginning and I know a lot that she loves it. “

Forest schools are a specialized learning approach with many recognized benefits, including opportunities to achieve and develop self-confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning and exploration experiences in natural outdoor settings, including gardens or forests with trees.

Founder of Back to the Garden, Jeannie Pickering, added: “Organic child-led learning in the open air has always been very firmly at the heart of our ethos at Back to the Garden. Our children already enjoy a natural approach based on spending as much time as possible in nature, and we aim to formalize this further with a commitment to forest schools and outdoor learning on an ongoing basis. Our children are really responding to this approach and it’s wonderful to see their development. “

With another site currently under construction on Whitbarrow Road in Lymm, Mark will also be involved in garden design, landscaping and planting of the new nursery, and once opened, he will split his time between the two supplied forest schools both places.

Mark has been a self-employed gardener for the past 15 years and lives in Sale with his wife and two children. To help reduce his personal impact on the environment, he now bikes to work. When not working, he enjoys running 5km on Saturday in the park, running his local Cub Scout group, walking his Labrador and following Sale Sharks rugby team.

Based in Altrincham and coming soon to Lymm, Back to the Garden is an innovative children-run nursery that focuses on active learning through outdoor play in stunning garden environments. Its philosophy of allowing children to be children to explore their environment, experiment with the outdoor play landscape and harness their own imagination allows for a natural approach where each child develops at their own pace.

For more information or to book an appointment to see the nursery, please call Back to the Garden Babysitting on 0161 537 7999 or visit www.backtothegardenchildcare.with.

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