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Learning how to light a campfire without matches

Trip to a forest school

First year students from our Early Childhood Education and Care BA(Hons) visited a forest school to support their studies.

The Mohair Centre is located in Lewes, East Sussex and is a farm-based Forest School that offers child care as well as training for education professionals.

Linked to their year 1 modules, the students were able to experience the activities children take part in as well as learn about the principles of forest schools. Students took part in a range of activities including:

  • students on a treasure hunt around the swamphow to choose different types of branches and wood for creating a fire
  • how to build a camp fire without using matches
  • how to carry out risk assessments for an outdoor environment to ensure the health and safety of participants

They were also able to pet the farm animals, including feeding a baby goat, take part i n a treasure hunt and sample the delights of chocolate milk, toasted marshmallows and s’mores after successfully building their camp fire.

Course leader Dr Lesleanne Whiteman said: “Trips to forest schools are an important and regular part of our degree. It adds a practical hands-on element to students learning where they get to work as a team.

“It also opens their eyes to how diverse working in early years can be as they start to think about their career when they graduate.”

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Kerry Burnett • May 21, 2024


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