Buttercups Forest School


Forest School is all about enjoying learning in the great outdoors. With this revolutionary Scandinavian approach children spend the whole day outside surrounded by bushes, shrubs and trees. Here, normal activities like eating and playing become incredible adventures. Even boring midday naps become exciting camping experiences.

Forest School runs every day at Buttercups Chiswick Lane, Buttercups Chalfont, Buttercups Syon Park with sessions taking place at all other Buttercups settings.

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Qualified Forest School Leaders

Our team of Qualified Forest School Leaders take the children on a voyage of discovery. Hands-on activities such as den building, digging and baking in the mud kitchen help children develop confidence and social skills. Forest School Leaders introduce the children to the plants, wildlife and mini-beasts around them, developing inquisitiveness and appreciation for the natural world.

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Safe and Secure

Unlike many other Forest Schools, ours are located within our nursery grounds. The boundaries are hidden by bushes and foliage, keeping the children safe whilst providing natural dens for them to explore. Our leaders are trained in first aid, have an enhanced DBS check and follow our Child Protection policy.


  • Less structured, child-centred environment, giving children greater freedom to explore;
  • Physical development – climbing, balancing and crawling through bushes encourages better development of gross and fine motor skills creating a more balanced and fitter child;
  • Active learning builds inquisitiveness and curiosity about the world around them;
  • Managed risk – children make their own decisions helping to produce more confident individuals;
  • A respect for the natural world and a future supporter of conservation;
  • Plenty of fresh air!
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Practical Stuff

Children will be outdoors for the entire session so suitable clothing must be worn.

Available to children from 3 years old.

Toilet tent, sleep tent and outdoor classroom

Snacks and hot meals served - all eaten outdoors

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“The children respond so well to the outdoor activities. Their enthusiasm and sense of adventure just shine through!” Karen, Forest School Leader.

“I like the house, the secret den and when we have hot chocolate!” 4 year old Forest School student.

“I like the bugs!” 3 (nearly 4) year old Forest School student.

Forest School is part of the Buttercups group, delivering the high standard of care you would expect from any Buttercups Nursery. It also allows you to choose a combination of Forest School and regular nursery, if you would prefer your child not to be outdoors all day.

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For more information, or to visit, contact our team on 020 8840 4838 or email

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