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Richmond MP Rishi Sunak has officially opened a new forest school which is helping to teach children at a farm-based North Yorkshire nursery about the great outdoors.
The forest school at High Bank Day Nursery in Stapleton, near Darlington, provides children with hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment surrounded by trees and green space. The children do everything from building dens and shelters, through to studying insects and wildlife.
The children welcomed Mr Sunak by helping him to make his own Forest School badge.
Lesley Thompson, owner of High Bank Day Nursery, said: “We were delighted that Mr Sunak accepted our invitation to officially open the forest school.
“The children are really enjoying the hands-on learning experiences the school gives them and it is clearly having a very positive impact.”
Mr Sunak was also given a tour of the mini-farm that the children can access every day, including helping to feed the calves and collecting eggs laid by the chickens.
He said: “This is a great example of a nursery broadening the experience of young children in providing a fun and educational environment.
“Together with the mini-farm, High Bank is giving its pupils from local villages and towns a first-rate introduction to the countryside.”
Mrs Thompson added: “Being based on a farm gives us the best of both worlds as the children can learn both inside and outside, with lots of interactive, stimulating activities to help their learning. This is especially important for children with additional needs.”