Forest Kindergartens: Pushing the Boundaries of Early Childhood Education
With the success of the Finnish education system, European education methods and schools are taking an increasing place in the spotlight. One particularly unique approach is that of the forest kindergarten: an early childhood education centre based entirely outdoors, year-round. This distinctive education method is now spreading worldwide, with nature kindergartens in New Zealand, forest schools in the U.S., outdoor nurseries in the U.K., and bush kinder in Australia. But do the positives of this early learning approach outweigh the risks?