Home Education/Flexi-Schooling

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Forest School for Home Educated Children and those that Flexi-School.

At Woodland Nurture we offer a safe space where children can learn to problem solve, take turns, negotiate, collaborate, resolve conflicts, regulate their emotions, be creative and use their imagination.

Our code is Care for Yourself; Care for Others; Care for the Environment.

Our current adult:child ratio is around 1:5 and will never exceed 1:8. We value each and every one of our children and I believe that having the right level of support is key to success. As our numbers have grown, I have taken on new staff . We are now a team of 4, bringing fantastic support and a wide range of experience and skills. Myself and Dan are Forest School Level 3 trained, Laura is about to complete her Level 3. Zoe brings to the team an abundance of enthusiasm and a wealth of experience of working with children with autism. We are a very dedicated team with a shared ethos of connection – with each other and with nature.

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We believe that learning to take risks is an important part of child development, helping to build resilience and confidence. We teach children how to manage their own risks to build on their independence. Our lastest addition to the woods is a zip wire which the children (and adults!) find exhilarating.

The sessions are child-initiated. We love it when the children become totally absorbed in a game or activity that they have created with their friends. We have a wide range of loose parts which provide hours of entertainment. A current favourite with our Tuesday group are a selection of drain pipes which are repeatedly used to create elaborate golf ball runs. The learning through play is exceptional – we believe we are helping to create future engineers, collaborators, scientists, negotiators, problem solvers….

We focus on the whole child with the aim to build self-esteem; core strength and coordination; resilience; confidence and friendships through SPICES – social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and spiritual development.

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Our aim is that each session will meet the holistic needs of individual children through a wide range of experiences including den building; tool use; science experiments; bird watching; mini-beast hunting; tree climbing; playing team games; natural art; campfire cooking and much more.

During the sessions the children have the opportunity
to take part in some Mindfulness moments lead by Dan.

We are very fortunate to be on a permanent site. We have a shipping container stuffed full of resources from tools to dressing up clothes. If the children come up with an idea we can generally find the resources to support and enhance it! We also have the luxury of a super smart composting toilet on site as well as a pizza oven!

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Most of all we have lots of fun!

For a list of suitable clothing click here.

Sessions will run in every weather condition except high winds or electrical storms, in which case we will give as much notice as we can. Keep an eye on notifications via Face Book and text messaging.

Our Tuesday Home Ed Group is for ages 5-14 on termtime Tuesdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm

This 5 hour session is £30 for the first child and £25 for siblings.

A two-course meal cooked on the fire or in the wood fired oven is included in this price. Children will need to bring a healthy snack and plenty to drink.

Thursday Home Ed Group is for ages 5-14 on Termtime Thursdays from 10am-1pm.

This is £15 for the first child and £12 for siblings.

Children will need to bring their own healthy packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink.

We also offer a Gardening/Woodland Management Club on Thursday Afternoons 1pm-3pm. Please enquire about availability for this.

We are excitedly making plans to develop a vegetable patch with greenhouse/polytunnel on part of my garden at the edge of the woods. Our aim is that the children will grow, tend, harvest and finally eat their own produce.

Sessions are bookable termly and payable in advance.

If you are interested in booking a place for your child, please contact Claire on 07866882425 or email claire@woodlandnurture.co.uk

I am always happy to chat and to give you a tour of our beautiful setting.

We are Ofsted Registered and can take a range of Childcare Vouchers.

We love what we do and think we have the best job in the world.

Here’s what some of our families think…

Woodland Nurture has truly been the highlight of our Home Ed life! My boys have truly blossomed in terms of their social, emotional, physical and mental development. They come home covered in mud with sparkling eyes telling me of all the wonderful things they have been doing – playing, climbing, exploring, experimenting, enjoying delicious food cooked outdoors! What a beautiful space for children to truly enjoy being children, with attentive staff who give the children space to grow and learn but support when it is needed. I can’t recommend this setting and the staff enough 😊

“Woodland Nurture is a magical place. Upon arrival, heading up the wool signal pathway, you sense that adventure awaits. As you enter ‘basecamp’ with its open communal fire and large tarp, you see kids dotted around, playing in groups or alone, engrossed in the various fun activities on offer, or a random game they’ve invented that day. My son adores his home ed sessions here, the team look after him whilst at the same time allowing him be an inquisitive playful child. A sense of camaraderie is fostered by Claire and the team, with old and young alike playing and learning in tandem. after the session my son is mud-spattered and full of stories of the marvelous time he’s just had, that is testament enough as to how great this place is. Keep up the good work!”