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The Forest Schools experience has brought many benefits to children at a setting in Scotland. AnnMarie Cunningham describes the process.

Encouraging children to explore the outdoors more freely proved to be a culture change in Poole, says Clare Schmieder, Early Learning Advisory Teacher (ELAT) within the Poole Early Years Team.

Outdoor environments can offer good opportunities for children to build and develop hand-eye co-ordination, if the right interventions are made. Julie Mountain considers the best approaches.

Children in one West Sussex school have been getting close to nature thanks to a creative project and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust free visits programme, says Jordan Chamberlain.

Active outdoor play has many benefits for children. Viv Hampshire explains how her children's centre is encouraging families to get out and about, rain or shine.

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.

Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.

A forest environment stimulates the use of descriptive language, says Caroline Watts, a Forest Schools leader for several schools in Kent.

The physical and mental benefits of a Forest School week for children at a South Shields setting have exceeded expectations.

There is much to feel and discover in the woods whatever the weather, says Caroline Watts, Forest School leader with St George's Primary School, Wrotham.