The early years section of an outdoor forest school which was on the verge of closure has announced it has been saved.

Beccles Forest School works to create a space for children to understand the growing need to create a relationship with the natural world.

In December it announced that it was closing the early years section due to financial issues.

It had led to parents embarking on a fundraising and recruitment drive to try and save the section.

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And now the school has announced they will reopen the early years provisions after Easter.

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Rach Whitwood, co-director of Beccles Forest School, expressed delight at the news.

She said: "We are thrilled that we can continue offering this incredible experience for young children, which was rated as outstanding by Ofsted last year.

"We fiercely protect children's right to play freely.

"Children have autonomy over the space and are given the freedom to take risks.

"Every child is truly cherished for who they are.

"It's such a wonderful place for young children to spend their time.

"Forest School Kindergarten is pure Forest School. Sessions run on The Wild Meadow, off Beccles Common, on Fridays from 9am to 2pm.

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"There are so many parents in Norfolk and Suffolk who want this free-range childhood for their children, and we would love for more families to hear about all the amazing opportunities on offer here.

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"We welcome everyone to get in touch with us."

READ MORE: Beccles Forest School proud of outstanding Ofsted report

In describing Beccles Forest School as outstanding in all areas, Ofsted had said: "Children thrive at this exceptional outdoor setting.

"They skip along the meadow path and arrive at the gate with big smiles." 

Families can find out more about Forest School Kindergarten by visiting the Beccles Forest School's website or getting in touch via email at

The school is based at the Beccles Common.

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