Forest Play is provided by Mary Bowen as part of our SEED Sessions and is an opportunity for parents and their children to spend time together, exploring the natural world, building new friendships and learning through play.
Each week we set out a number of exciting activities for you to take part in if you choose to, though you are equally welcome to just play! Our sessions are designed to build confidence, creativity and resilience not just in our children!
Run by highly trained Forest School staff and including things like... bug hunts, nature walks using hand tools, lighting fires, outdoor cooking, going on treasure hunts, making all sorts of crafts, getting covered in mud and having a wonderful time!
These sessions are run from our toddler site where we have swings, play houses, mud kitchen, digging patches, growing areas, fire pit, pizza oven and loads of resources to make the most of.
Large shelters (should you not love getting soaking wet!)
A toddler friendly toilet with baby changing facilities.
Hot and cold drinks from our outdoor kitchen.
What should I bring?
A sense of adventure! Never leave home without a sense of adventure!
Warm clothes (for you and your little ones!) Layers are best and maybe a bag to keep them in (the clothes that is, not the children!)
Sun cream and a sun hat (maybe not in January though we can always hope!), otherwise warm hat and gloves.
Wellies are great but tiny feet can get cold and wellies can rub so make sure they have a few pairs of socks (socks... clean socks, which make really good mittens when its cold).
Waterproofs for when its time to dance in the rain.
A full change of clothes in the car (should they be needed).
Any medication if required (this is probably more apparent for a parent!).
There are currently 3 Forest Play sessions to choose from. These are...
Monday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30
Monday afternoon from 12:30 - 14:00
Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30
If the session you would like to join is fully booked, or you can’t make Mondays and Tuesdays please feel free to join our waiting list
We aim to start and finish on time and sometimes only have 30 mins changeover times so please be punctual to make the most of the session.
How much are the sessions?
Mums, Dads, Carers and Grandparents - Free
Tiny people under 18 months - Free (with a paying sibling)
Little people 18 months - 5 years of age:
When booking a half term membership £10/session/child and extra siblings cost £2/session.
Individual sessions will be available should there be any spaces left after the half term block has begun (please note there is an additional charge for these - PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY BEFORE BOOKING INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
What happens if I can’t make a session?
We have introduced a system which we call SWAPAROO
The idea is that if you know that you are going to be away on a particular date you can give/gift your session to a friend. They book as if for a single session but choose the Swaparoo paying option and aren’t charged any extra.
You can ask to join our closed Facebook group which is a place to find out news about what’s been going on and what’s in store and where you can connect with other members. You are welcome to post your own photos to this page, however please do not tag any of the photos (for safeguarding purposes.)
Click here to request access to the closed Facebook group for Mondays Tuesdays
Ok... That’s probably all you need for now! If you would like to book then you can use the buttons below (the link will stop working when the sessions are full).
Please note: our system uses automated emails and these sometimes get put in the spam mailbox on your computer so please check to make sure you get our email notifications in the future!
we’ll see you in the woods!
Contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary - 07735342915
When the sessions are available you can book them here
Here's a taste of what we do!
Get ready for an adventure!
Jotform Link 1
Jotform Link 2
Jotform Link 3
SEED SESSIONS EXAMPLE PAGE
SEED Sessions are a way for Forest School practitioners (including trainee level 3 students) to be able to set up and run their own sessions whilst utilising our marketing and advertising platforms, as well as our site and equipment.
How does it work?
Each SEED Session operator will have his/her own page on our website. This will be accessed through the 'VISIT' link on our website and through a link on the main page. These sessions will also be advertised on our regular Facebook updates and newsletter. The page can be configured to your requirements and can include up to 4 booking form links.
An example page is shown below. In this example Mary is running three sessions aimed at toddlers.
What are the costs?
The cost to the SEED Session operator to cover time spent building the page is £150 and and NFS will ask for a £10 contribution for every session run through our platform after that.
Site hire charge for use of one of our sites ranges between £25 and £35 for half day hire and an additional £10 if you would like to hire one of our tool and equipment packs.
Using the example below; If Mary chose to just run 6 sessions from our Bermuda Camp and had none of her own tools or equipment then the costs woud be as follows for running each session would be:
£150 Set up fee (divided by 6 sessions = £25 per session)
£10 SEED session fee
£30 Hire of Bermuda Camp
£10 Hire of Forest School tools and equipment
TOTAL cost per session = £75 per session.
For a group of 12 participants, this would mean Mary makes £ per session.