Our new term of Wellness Fridays will be starting Friday 13th January 9.30am-2.30pm for 6 weeks.
For young people aged 10-16, these Forest School sessions are designed for young people who are Home Educated, Flexi schooled, in school but would benefit from wellbeing support or are unable to access mainstream education.
Participants will develop new skills in fire lighting, woodland crafts, tool use and woodland management. They will become part of a new community of learners, forging new friendships and supporting each other to learn. They will gain new knowledge and understanding about the natural world. We do not follow a curriculum, we follow the child’s natural thirst for learning, using our 33 acres of Ancient Woodland as an inspiring backdrop for their development.
The practitioners leading these sessions have additional skills, training and experience working with children and young people with additional needs, who may otherwise struggle in a formal education setting.
The sessions are intended as an ‘alternative to school’, so parents will not be expected to stay with their children. We often find that children who have struggled in the classroom thrive in an outdoor child centred setting, however, we cannot offer 1-1 support so if your child has specific additional needs please get in touch before you book.
Each session will start at 9.30am, with a walk to the site. We will take part in group and individual activities, and each session will be planned based on the observations of each child the previous week. Preparing and eating food together is a key part of our Forest School delivery, but it has been made more difficult in practise due to Covid-19. We therefore ask that you send your child with a packed lunch, drinking water and snacks, which they will be able to access at any point through the day. Collection is at 2.30pm prompt.
*If you would like to pay for this using the tax free childcare scheme, or childcare vouchers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to read our Covid-19 policy visit https://www.stomping-grounds.org/policies-and-procedures/. If you would like to read our safeguarding policy and handbook, they are available on our website too.
We are hoping to reserve 50% of our spaces for children and young people from historically excluded groups, such as members of the LGBTQ community, differently abled young people, BAME young people and young people from low socioeconomic households.
We’re here to help so email sophiew@stomping-grounds,org with any questions.
We continue to take Covid transmissions seriously and will ensure regular handwashing and promotion of catch it bin it kill it approach. If your child has Covid or Covid symptoms we ask that they do not attend our setting. If you have any concerns or questions about the updated Covid guidance please ask.
These sessions will be lead by Felicity.
Please follow these travel instruction and arrive to the session at 9.30am prompt.
Please send a packed lunch, snack and a drink with your child, in a bag that they can carry themselves.
They will also need long sleeved top and trousers, sturdy trainers or walking boots, water proofs and extra layers if cold. Even on sunny days the woodland is shaded and cooler than expected.
Please provide a personal hand towel for hand drying in line with our Covid policy.
Please find our handbook here, which includes details of who we are, what we do and our policies and procedures:
And please remember to check your children for ticks when you collect them from us. Guidance here:
Wellness Fridays - January/February
Course ticket - for remaining 3 dates.