Hamsterley Forest Visit

Sun, 2001-03-11 00:00

A group of child care students recently visited Hamsterley Forest as part of their college course.

Eight students, from East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus, went on the trip to the forest near Bishop Auckland to find out more about how children can learn in the outdoors.

They got to take part in some of the activities that young school children experience on school visits to the forest helping them to better understand the value of the outside classroom.

Forestry Commission Head Ranger Neil Taylor showed the students round and explained some of the methods he uses to ensure young children have an interesting and enjoyable experience.

Neil Taylor said: “It was an absolute pleasure to taking such a polite and friendly group of students around the trail. I hope they found the experience useful and interesting.”

Claire Sheppard, a Lecturer in Childcare at the College, added: “The trip provided a really valuable experience for the students, helping to link the theory of the forest schools initiative to its practice - and therefore better understanding the benefits of this on children’s learning.”

“Thank you to Neil for sharing his passion and expertise with our students.”