About the company
At Derby Forest School CIC we believe that children should have access to the outdoors regardless of their background. We are committed to reinvesting any profit we make to provide experiences for children and young people that need it the most. These may include children in care or those who have been recently adopted, children with special educational needs, children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, young people with mental health difficulties and those at risk of exclusion.
About Forest School
Forest School is defined as “an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment". (Forest School Association), It is a proven technique which supports children's emotional, physical and psychological well-being, encouraging them to become more resilient, independent, confident and creative. Children are supported by skilled practitioners to participate in real life activities such as cooking on campfires, creating woodland crafts, building dens or simply exploring the natural environment around them. Some of the activities may be challenging but all children will be assisted to persevere, developing reslience as they overcome difficulties and creativity as they find new ways of doing things, all valuable skills which will aid them throughout their lives.
Derby Forest School CIC was set up by Roz Phillips after realising that there was nothing similar in the local area. After working with children both as a Registered childminder and foster carer for many years Roz realised that the outdoors is a child's natural habitat and that their development is enhanced the more they are allowed to explore. She is passionate about getting as many children as possible outdoors and creating memories which will last them a lifetime. After completing her degree in Early Years she invested in Forest School training in 2017 and now leads sessions for children and young people of all ages.