PARENT & TODDLER GROUP
Come and join us for some outdoor woodland fun.
Every week there will be a range of nature based activities that the children can enjoy from natural crafts, rope swings, camp fires, to our lovely mud kitchen and water play wall.
We follow the Forest School Ethos. If you would like to know more, please click the Forest Schools tab above.
Toddler sessions in Autumn 2019:
Every Monday and Tuesday morning during term time 9.45am - 11.45am
New dates: Friday 6th and Friday 13th December 9.45am - 11.45am
Dates for 2019:
Block booking sessions:
Block 8 Mondays September 9, 16, 23, 30
Block 8 Tuesdays September 10, 17, 24, October 1
Block 9 Mondays October 7, 14, 21
Block 9 Tuesdays October 8, 15, 22
Block 10 Mondays November 4, 11, 18, 25
Block 10 Tuesdays November 5, 12, 19, 26
Block 11 Mondays December 2, 9, 16
Block 11 Tuesdays December 3, 10, 17
Please book sessions in a block.
6th December - single tickets available
13 December - single tickets available
In January 2020 we hope to start a new Friday morning toddler group every week.
Please contact us if you are interested - we require minimum numbers to proceed.
You can book more than one block at once. Payment is required in advance. Please see our cancellation policy.
Prices & Booking
£9.00 per child, per session. Discount for block booking. Adults and babies free.
If you are bringing more than one paying child then it is £9 for the first child and £7 each for subsequent children.
There is a minimum ratio of 1 adult per 3 children.
We do not charge for babies in slings/carriers, charges apply when a child is toddling about.
All sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance via the ticketing link above.
We book for our toddler and home-ed sessions in blocks of 3-6 weeks. If there is space we can sometimes book single sessions - please check ticketing website for availability.
Food & Drink
During each session, we will provide a small snack and drink - sometimes healthy, sometimes not.
Please bring your own plastic mug/beaker for hot drinks, for the child and adult.
Feel free to bring your own additional snacks and drinks if you require them.
What to expect at a toddler session:
We go out in all weathers, except high winds and lightning storms. The children are encouraged to appreciate the natural world throughout the seasons, and we encourage them to use natural materials in their play.
Our sessions give the children a low risk environment in which they are free to explore the woodland throughout the seasons, and get muddy! We have a loose structure every week but we allow the sessions to be as child-led as possible.
We meet and wait for everyone in the car park area at 9.45 before all walking down to the site together.
We start the sessions at the central meeting point, have a brief welcome, and a safety talk where we explain about rules for staying safe in the woodland and around the fire circle if we have a small fire- and then we often play a short game to help the children feel confident in the woods.
We then introduce or suggest an activity, such as leaf printing, bug hunts, den building, painting, sensory games, or natural crafts for example, and then the children are free to do that, or just have free play on the water wall, music wall, or mud kitchen, or in the wider woodland area where we have plenty of space to run about, dig, collect stuff, play on rope swings, climb trees, play games and explore. We encourage the children to follow and build on their own interests within our setting.
We will have a snack and hot/cold drink about half way through. Usually there are biscuits and a story involved too! We may occasionally cook snacks on a small fire, and we sometimes use a kelly kettle for boiling water for hot chocolate/tea/coffee. We put the snacks and drinks out on a table for you to serve yourselves and your children.
If we feel it appropriate we may also introduce some simple woodland games, and we also have simple tools available which the leaders can demonstrate and help the children learn to use if they wish, in an age appropriate manner.
We usually have two dogs at our sessions, a 5 year old border collie who is friendly and doesn't jump up; and a yellow labrador puppy who either is asleep, or follows the collie about.
At snack time we regroup at the fire circle and during the session we will try to chat with you to reflect on what your child likes doing and might want to do next time, so we can keep the sessions as child led as possible.
At the end of the session we say goodbye and make our way back to the car park.
All sessions are run by two qualified Forest School Leaders with full DBS checks and an outdoor first aid certificate. We carry a full first aid kit with us at all times.
We ask that at least one adult per family group remains throughout the session. There is no charge for extra adults.
The parent/adults will be responsible for their own children at all times.
Activities may include flint and steel fire lighting, using tools such as saws and peelers, woodland craft, den building, and camp fire cooking.
If we need to cancel a session due to poor weather we will contact you as soon as we make the decision, and offer you an alternative date.
Please wear suitable outdoor clothes and shoes - no sandals or open toed shoes please. Waterproofs are always needed, with lots and lots of warm layers underneath in the winter and cool layers in hot weather.
We have toileting and hand washing facilities on site. We also provide a dry area to change nappies and store bags on site, and give shelter from rain or sun.
The approach into the woods from the car park and meeting area is grassy but quite steep and is ok for all terrain pushchairs, but not lightweight buggies.