Wonderwood Explorers is run by Ellie Kelly. Ellie is a level 3 Forest School leader and has over 15 years’ experience working with children. As well as working in a school and at holiday camps Ellie also has experience taking group trips abroad and has run Wonderwoods Sister company Buttons Parties for 6 years.
Wonderwood was started so that Ellie could offer the wonder of playing outside surrounded by nature to as many children as possible. It’s the days spent outside climbing trees, getting muddy and making things, that she remembers most vividly and fondly from her childhood and the memories she wants to help create for her daughter and other children.
Forest School offers an inspirational environment for children to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. Our FS leaders encourage the children to explore with in the set boundaries and take appropriate risks, we also understand that each child is an individual and so guided by their interests we ensure we facilitate their continued learning and provide the support and resources they need.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Wonderwood Explorers will have the opportunity to build dens, learn about fire lighting and wild cooking, climb trees, get creative with woodland crafts, play games, mess around in mud kitchens, jump in puddles, building insect hotels, go on bug hunts, learn about flora and fauna, experience the seasons, collect treasure and play sensory games.
“Wonderwood was started so that Ellie could offer the wonder of playing outside surrounded by nature to as many children as possible.”
Forest School encourages appropriate risks that can lead to muddy faces and scrapped knees. We introduce tool use and fire safety in small groups and individually and at the appropriate time depending on the children’s age and understanding.