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Children's Workshops

Forest School Workshops for children ages 6 yrs+. 

After School, School Holiday and Home Education.

Find out more about each type of workshop, our site, our staff and the activities on offer below.

Build confidence, self-reliance, self-esteem and resilience by...

Learning new skills, developing skills and building independence, at our Forest School Workshops for children.

Our workshops are SEN and neurodiversity friendly.

“Our daughter Hetty, who has autism spectrum disorder, attended Hare Forest School sessions in January [and March] and she really enjoyed them. The team were so inclusive right from booking, to dropping Hetty off and the time she spent there, they answered all the questions I had and made me feel comfortable to leave her in their care. This is unusual to find in the Forest of Dean, there aren't many activities for children, especially those who are neurodiverse and we really appreciate it, thank you!

 

I feel having time in a structured setting during the school holidays is so beneficial for neurodiverse children, the fact it is child led, outdoor, creative, plus learning whilst having fun is such a bonus. I wish Hare had been around when Hetty was younger! I think it's important for parents to have a few hours to themselves but also for the children to gain some independence. 

 

Hetty is looking forward to attending more sessions in the future.”

 

Lucy & Paul

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Forest School for Home Educating Children

Our Forest School Workshops for Home Educating children aged 6-12 years run every Monday during term time.

 

Age: 6-12 years

(If your child is under 6, please see our Forest Play Page)

Day: Every Monday during term time

Time: 12:15 - 3:00pm

Cost & Booking: 5 week half term 8th April to 13th May 2024 £47.50.  Book through this website. Or buy as a gift with our Gift Voucher​.  Subsidised bursary places are available for families on low incomes.

Venue: Beaver Lodge, Whitecroft road, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire

Food & Drink

We will provide drinks, please bring a packed lunch.

Structure of the Workshop:

12:15 - Arrival and meet at base camp

12:20 - Opening Circle - Introductions, what's on offer today, group game.

12:30 - Lunch

12:50 - Chosen crafts Workshops

2:15 - Active Outdoor Games or a walk off site

2:15 - Closing Circle at base camp

3:00 - Parents/carers collect children at the gate.

Staffing:

Susie - Forest School Lead

Charlie - Forest School Manager

Craig - Forest School Volunteer

Linus - Forest School Volunteer

Read more about us on our team page.

Children's School Holiday Workshops

We had a wonderful time offering children's forest skills workshops, during the school holidays in 2023.

Our next school holiday workshops will be in March 2024.

BOOKING NOW OPEN.

Workshop Dates: 

26th and 27th March 2024

Age: 6 - 12 years

Times: 10:30am to 2:30pm

Cost & Booking: £20 per day.  Book through this website.

Childcare vouchers/tax-free childcare accepted.

Or buy as a gift with our Gift Voucher.

FREE through HAF for children who are eligible for free school meals - please book through CABS website.

 

Venue: Beaver Lodge, Whitecroft road, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire

 

Food & Drink

Drinks and lunch will be provided.

Food is served in a buffet style to enable children to serve themselves and choose what they eat.

See our Spring Menu in our Welcome Pack.

Structure of the day:

10:30: Arrival and meet at base camp

10:40: Opening Circle - Introductions, what's on offer today, who to speak to if you need help or are upset or worried, drink and snack.

10:50: Crafts/Bushcraft Workshops

12:30: Lunch

1:00: Crafts/Bushcraft Workshops

2:00 - Active Outdoor Games

2:15: Closing Circle at base camp

2:30: Parents/carers collect children at the gate.

Spring staffing:

Susie, Charlie, Georgie,

Laura, Linus, Rowan & Matt

Read more about us on our team page.

If your child receives free school meals, you can book these workshops for FREE through the Gloucestershire County Council CABS website.

If you haven't used HAF before, register and create an account on the CABS Website.

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Site

All our children's workshops currently run from an enclosed woodland at the Beaver Lodge in Parkend, near Lydney.  Our children's workshops are fully outdoor for the duration.  See Our Sites Page for more information.

Activities

Bushcraft Activities include:

Fire lighting skills | Preparing Food | Woodcrafts | Den & Shelter Building | Herbal Plant ID | Foraging Herbs | Knots & Lashings | Whittling | Cooking on the Fire | Popcorn & Marshmallows

Art & Craft Activities include:

Willow Weaving | Clay Modelling | Hapa Zome Printing | Textile Crafts | Wet Felting | Jewellery Making | Making Natural Paints | Painting & Drawing

The following will also be on offer:

Exploring the Woodland | Paddle/Play in the Stream (if the water is low) | Child-led Sensory Play | Active Group Games | Mud Kitchen | Child-led imaginative play | Group Time at Basecamp

Staff Team

Our workshops are run by our core team: Susie, our Level 3 qualified Forest

School Leader, Charlie, qualified Montessori Teacher and Georgie, our SENDCo & crafts facilitator.

 

Our core team collectively has more than 30 year’s experience working with children.  Susie and Georgie have a wealth of experience working with children with additional needs and Charlie has a decade of experience managing Ofsted registered settings. We work with qualified and experienced practitioners.  See our Meet the Team Page for more information.

 

Structure of Children's Workshops

Our Workshops are child-led, following the needs and interests of the children attending each day. Children choose what they would like to do and when, within the structure of the workshop. Activities will be adapted to the skills and needs of the children by our specialist team.

 

Please see below the timing structure, staffing and further information for each workshop type.  Please note these are rough structures and are flexible around the children's needs and desires on the day.  Drinks are always available throughout the session.

Booking

Booking for our weekly children's workshops is through our website in half term blocks.  You will also find a taster where you can book one week before committing to a block booking. This enables you to see if your child enjoys forest school before booking the block.  We are Ofsted registered and accept childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare. Bursary places are available for families on very low incomes.

 

Our School Holiday Workshops are bookable for individual days or weekly blocks.  If your child is eligible for free school meals, please book through the CABS website, where our fully funded HAF workshops are listed. Register for a CABS account here.

 

Please subscribe to our mailing list (at the bottom of the page) to be the first to hear when booking opens for a new holiday or half term block, and to find out what else we re doing.

If you have any queries, please get in touch.

Read more about the benefits of Forest School, the philosophy and how we manage risk, on our page 'What is Forest School?'.

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