WHO WE ARE
We are Vicci Oliver and Nicki Farrell - mothers, high school teachers and nature-lovers!
We created Wildlings Forest School to support the educational development of our own children. After experiencing the many benefits of Forest Schooling for ourselves we decided to expand beyond our Home School Co-Op and invite any families in South East Queenland who are interested an exploring alternative learning styles for their children.
WHAT IS FOREST SCHOOL?
Forest school is outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of children. This type of learning environment helps children develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity through experiencing the natural world and by teaching practical, outdoor skills.
Children work outside regularly in an outdoor natural space over a long period of time. There is a strong emphasis on educators observing, learning with, and teaching students in the context of the environment.
This process of observation allows children the space and opportunity to delve into various activities and experiences guided by their imagination, rather than explicit, external direction.
Want to know more? Check out our blog or watch the SBS Dateline Documentary below about Forest Schools in Denmark.
WHERE IS WILDLINGS FOREST SCHOOL?
Our playgroup sessions are nomadic - so each week we meet at many different and beautiful locations across South East Queensland. As for our other programs we currently operate from:
- Petrie Creek, Sunshine Coast PCYC, Youth Avenue, Nambour, QLD
- Karingal Scouts Campsite, Karingal Rd, Mt Cotton, QLD
We would like to take this moment to acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and play.