Our parent & child group at The Community Farm in Chew Magna for children aged 18 months - 5 years and their parents / carers.
Spending time in nature from an early age has a whole host of physical and cognitive benefits as well as helping shape life-long positive environmental attitudes. The ever-changing surroundings on the farm on both the fields and wild spaces, means that there is always something new for children to explore (and taste!) and during this process they inevitably become more connected with nature, how food is grown and how it changes through the seasons.
Claire Rosling, founder of Earthwise will be leading the sessions with a Forest School ethos, encouraging children to explore the nature around them and follow their interests - whether that is cooking up a storm in the Mud Cafe, cooking a snack over the campfire, exploring what lives in the pond or getting stuck in with a seasonal craft activity - learning is often richest during self-directed play. The activities will be in line with the seasons and will involve natural crafts, planting, maintaining and tasting crops and exploring the incredible wildlife at the farm! During each session we will come together for nature inspired songs, stories and snacks.
Our sessions are not just about the little ones! Spending time outdoors with friendly familiar faces in a beautiful natural environment is a wonderful opportunity for you, as a parent or carer (and a human being!) to unwind, connect with others and watch your child happily at play.
Tea and coffee will be provided for accompanying adults and hot chocolate for little ones.
In line with the forest school ethos, we follow the interests of the children and plan future activities based on our observations. As such, Forest School is a long-term process and we ask participants to commit to a half-term block in advance however new group members can book a trial session before commiting.
"Claire has a sincere ethos towards child development, learning and exploring that is in line with discovery-led and play-based learning and teaches children to respect their environment, delight in the awe and wonder of nature, and grow in confidence! We have watched so many of our children thrive during her Forest School sessions, where she has no end of ideas that are creative, sustainable and engaging!" Rebecca Allen, Head of Pre-Prep development, Wells Cathedral School
Claire has over 10 years experience of running Forest School sessions across the South-West and also runs family events and school visits to The Community Farm. She specialises in working with Early Years and in addition to running several Parent & Child Forest School groups she has worked with schools and nurseries including Wells Cathedral School.
The safety of the families we work with is paramount and we will be taking necessary measures to ensure we are Covid-compliant. These measures wll be reviewed and adjusted in-line with government guidelines.
Since bookings are made in advance for the term and spaces are limited we regret that we cannot offer refunds if you and your child are unable to attend any sessions paid for in advance for any other reason (eg absence for illness).
If situations out of our control ('acts of god' and ‘force majeure’) force us to cancel a session, for example high winds; electrical storms; pandemic, we will offer you a credit towards the following half-term.
If you and/or your child test positive for covid-19 you are advised to self-isolate and we are unable to refund or credit these sessions however we will keep your space for you for when you can return. Please also follow government guidelines should you come into close contact with someone who has tested postive.
If we need to cancel a session for any other reason you will be offered a refund or a credit. In all cases where we need to cancel we will let you know as soon as possible.
For anyone new to the group that is keen to try before commiting. Valid for up to 2 children.
1 child & 1 accompanying adult
Course ticket - for all 4 dates.
Includes hot drinks for adults and hot chocolate for children :-)
2 children & 1 accompanying adult
Course ticket - for all 4 dates.
Hot drinks provided for adults and hot chocolate for children :-) NB. Pre-walking siblings free of charge.