Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet


We believe it’s never too early to enjoy nature and begin looking after the environment, and that children (and all humans!) benefit immensely from the freedom and serenity of nature – it makes us healthy, resilient and happy. Our BFS Pre-School will allow you to spend time with your child and regular forest school friends in our peaceful, natural surroundings.

We use natural, good quality resources to promote creativity and our purpose-built Pre-School area is bursting with opportunity…

Bristol Forest School runs two Pre-School sessions for different aged children to attend with their parents/carers – for more information on each group please click the green titles below:

Tiny Trees for 1-3 year olds: an entirely free-flow session/choice structure before gathering around the fire circle together for a wholesome snack

Forest Folk for 3-5 year olds: begins with a whole group activity followed by plenty of time to roam freely in our play area before fire/snack time together.

All Pre-School sessions take place fortnightly during term time, with parents booking and paying in termly instalments.*

Forest Folk is charged at £10.50 per session, Tiny Trees at £9.50 (siblings £5).

If your preferred session is not available, please join our waiting list for next term: PreSchoolWaitingListBFS

What does a typical session look like? Check out our magical Pre-School!

Video created by Catherine Cable, Producer/Production Manager.

We have designed our authentic BFS Pre-School of Forest Folk and Tiny Trees based on five key principles:

  • Explore Nature: with our hands and feet, noses and eyes – there’s always something new to see, smell or feel! Additional equipment is focussed on natural objects and materials.
  • Promote Health: get physical – climbing, balancing, throwing, jumping, crawling; boost immunity amongst the soil and in the fresh air; have a healthy/home-made snack that’s Fairtrade, free-range and, wherever possible, organic.
  • Freedom to Choose: from several regular activities in our child-led space from chalk drawing and rope climbing to skittles and stories.
  • Creativity and Play: kindles the imagination and fosters independence. Children can hunt for bugs, hide in dens, make messy art with charcoal paint or cook a feast in the leaf kitchen – endless opportunities!
  • Learn: new, planned activities each session to improve confidence and advance skills. Projects include arts and crafts, wildlife, foraging, traditional woodwork and campfire cooking.

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*Please note, your booking payment is non-refundable unless your place can be refilled. In this instance a 25% administration charge will be retained. Once term has commenced, no refunds can be offered.