Out in the Aire’s ethos is based on respecting all of our children as individual learners and giving them the foundations to build their knowledge and skills through explorative play in the outdoors. We believe that the opportunities to access risk, problem solve, work as a team and questioning their environment all have a positive effect on children’s abilities and willingness to learn in later life.
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.
The Out in the Aire team provide exciting outdoor learning opportunities for children aged between 2 and 5 to build their confidence; social skills; communication; physical skills; motivation and concentration; and knowledge and understanding. We do this by allowing the children to explore their environment on their own or with others, taking risks to achieve their desired outcomes in safe ways.
Each member of staff is dedicated to observing the children’s interests, then using these interests to enhance the play and learning taking place throughout the sessions. Every child that attends our sessions is treat as an individual and they are encouraged to take on their own play and learning.
The sessions we run are very relaxed, free flowing sessions that are largely planned around the children and their interests. Therefore we do not have a curriculum that we follow, but provide opportunities for the children to take ownership of their own play and learning.
As we are learning in the outdoors some of the opportunities we provide are based around the seasons such as bug hunting, pond dipping, nature walks, leaf rubbings, den building, leaf identification and natural arts and crafts.
Nurseries, preschools and childminders
We are currently offering a free taster session for nursery, pre-school and childminder settings who would like to hold outdoor learning sessions but do not have the right resources or skills to do so. If you feel you do not have the space at your setting to be able to have us come to you, we can discuss the options to visit woodland near you. Get in touch to find out more.