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At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

  • equal, unique and valuable

  • competent to explore & discover

  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge

  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development

  • entitled to experience regular success

  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people

  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world



Forest School
Tree Climbing
All aboard
Saw practice
Staying warm
Look at this!
Mirror Mirror
Friends forever
Look what I found
On the bench
End of the day
Walking back
Learning outdoors
Red Balloon's Miss Jones takes you on a tour of our Forest School at Painshill Park in Cobham

Click the link above to find out more about Painshill Park

The home of our Forest School

At Red Balloon we truly believe in the benefits of outdoor exploration and learning. Children start to attend Forest School at the age of 3 and their Forest School experience intensifies in Pre-school.


We use our Red Balloon minibus to transport children to Painshill Park for their weekly Forest School sessions. Painshill Park boasts a wonderful natural outdoor environment and the children are able to access a diverse range of resources and learning opportunities.


Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all little learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment with trees.

Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.