Grow House Forest School is exactly what it sounds like – a playful learning experience delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment. It has its origins in Switzerland as early as 1912, with its philosophy based on educating children to love nature, but also learning with their head, heart and hands. Within the local school system in Switzerland Forest School classes and experiences have been running officially since 1999. Our programme is unique in that it is the first in the Zurich area to be run in English, allowing the English speaking community access to this empowering and inspirational experience.
Who runs Grow House Forest School?
Emma Hookey who runs the Forest School, is a qualified Pre School, Kindergarten & Primary School teacher from the UK qualifying in 1997. She has over 18 years experience working with children aged 3-11. She spent 8 years teaching in the UK, and 7 years teaching in Switzerland, working in State, Private and International School settings.
She gained her OCN level 3 Forest School Leader qualification, as well as obtaining her ITC First Aid qualification in March 2014.
Where does Grow House Forest School take place?
Our primary location is :
*Hinteralbisstrasse 10, 8135 Langnau am Albis
In addition we utilise the open woodlands nearby.
About the Locations
Hinteralbisstrasse 10 : Hinteralbis bus stop, Bus 240 from Thalwil
At Hinteralbisstrasse 10, there is an area of the barn that is set aside for the school as well as a forest garden, which offers children a different learning experience in which the children can explore and inquire as well as a permanent fire site that can be used..
Additional woodland location (500m from Hinteralbisstrasse) behind the Windegg Hotel : Albispasshöhe bus stop, Bus 240 from Thalwil,
In the woodlands behind the Windegg Hotel, there is a Waldhutte (a permanent wooden building with a small seating area), that can be used as a base, and also provides a shelter in poor weather. The woodlands contain a range of flora and fauna, with different areas offering a range of opportunites from den building, sculptures, storytelling to hide and seek. There is also a permanent fire site that can be used.
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