Who Are We?
Sisters Bethan and Viky set up Out In The Aire Forest School and Outdoor Education in 2016 as a Partnership and our mission is to provide an outdoor education provision to help build a better future for young people across Bradford and the Aire Valley.
Out in the Aire is run by professionals and all our staff and volunteers are DBS checked. We pride ourselves on continually developing our skills and knowledge by attending training and gaining further qualifications. We are a member of the Bradford Forest School Network.
Bethan is an enthusiastic and creative early years educator with 11 years of experience working throughout different educational settings. Whilst at college and university she volunteered in different primary schools working with children aged between 5 and 11. Once graduating university, Bethan found her passion for working in early years and has been following this passion for the last 5 years. She has had a number of roles within this sector ranging for key person to management. She holds a BA(Hons) in Childhood studies and is continuously developing her knowledge and understanding through various courses.
“I love working with young children and having the opportunities to enthuse their imaginations. I strongly believe that children need to find their own motivation to learn and allowing them to explore their natural environment provides them with the chance to become inquisitive and want to learn. Over the years I have seen a lot of children develop through opportunities provided to them for free-play and explorative play. I think the outdoor environment enhances this exploration within children as it is effectively an enormous playground. It is always wonderful to see how much the children who attend our sessions grow into confident, inquisitive learners.”
Viky is a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner with a background in Environmental Conservation. Following ten years of working and volunteering with local community groups and environmental projects including Bradford Environmental Trust, Viky was eager to train to empowers children and adults through outdoor learning and Forest School and completed her Forest School Award in 2015.
“I’ve always loved being in the outdoors and ten years ago I chose to follow my passion for outdoor learning and conservation. After studying Environmental Conservation, I had the chance to work with a number of community projects across Bradford which gave me the knowledge and understanding I needed to continue my journey. In 2015 I completed my Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award which has enable me share my love for nature, play and learning with others. I love the way that this style of learning empowers people of all ages to explore and learn outside the traditional classroom environment.”
They are ultimately working to create a safe setting that allows young people to develop the right skills to support them in adult life whilst bringing exciting learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom environment.
Our programmes are based on the Scandinavian style of play and learning in the outdoors, also known as Forest Schools. Regular interactions in nature have been proven to support social, emotional, physical, linguistic and cognitive learning through teamwork, risk taking and problem solving activities.
Over the last year, we have worked with a number of partners to develop links with the community including workshops with Brick Box Arts who ran recent successful events at the old M & S building on Darley Street and the Fresh Aire Do at Cliffe Castle, Keighley. We have provided free activities for local residents in the Keighley Big Local area. We also run family session at a private woodland in Heaton.
Because we care about the environment, 10% of all profits from our sessions are donated to the Forest of Bradford CIC to support the management of our woodland and funding for tree planting throughout the Bradford District.