A day in the great outdoors

College lecturer Claire Sheppard with child care students from East Durham College's Peterlee campus.
College lecturer Claire Sheppard with child care students from East Durham College's Peterlee campus.

STUDENTS dusted down their wellies for a trip to the forest to find out more about how younger children learn in the great outdoors.

Eight child care students from East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus enjoyed a day in Hamsterley Forest, near Bishop Auckland.

The teenagers took part in a range of activities usually enjoyed by younger children to find out, first-hand, the benefits of the outside classroom.

Neil Taylor, forestry commission head ranger who spent the day with the students, said: “It was an absolute pleasure taking such a polite and friendly group of students around the trail.

“I hope they found the experience useful and interesting,” he added.

Claire Sheppard, a childcare lecturer at the college, added: “The trip provided a really valuable experience for the students.

“Thank you to Neil for sharing his passion and expertise.”