When children are given the space to explore in nature it helps them to build confidence, independence, and self-esteem. Forest school teaches the children to manage their play boundaries, evaluate risks and look out for each other.
You don’t need four walls and desk to learn and FS encourages children to learn by doing. We give the children space to find their own passions and skills but are always on hand to help them develop.
Our Little Explorers Forest School club takes place on Tuesdays 10.00-11.30am at the Rural Life Centre in Farnham and the same time at Basingbourne Park Fleet on Fridays. At both sites we have our fire circle in a lovely clearing, a fantastic section of trees for rope balancing and den building and a nature walk for bug hunting. We also have a craft area and of course lots of space for the children to explore, create, grow and learn at their own pace.
Clubs are run in half termly blocks. Each 1.5 hour session is £12 when booked pay as you go (open three weeks in advance) or you cna book the full club for £10 a session. We have trial sessions every so often so you can come along to see what we do before booking a block.
The benefits of Forest School develop more over time so current Explorers have priority booking for the next block of sessions.
Activities will include den making, slackline walking, campfire cooking, nature crafts, bug hunts, story walks, mud kitchens, obstacle courses, trails, learning about flora and fauna, games and of course time for lots of play.
What to expect
Our Farnham & Fleet sites both have large log fire circle, open space and more enclosed woodland area. We have a mix of trees from fir to oak, resident badgers and rabbits and will soon be building out own bug hotel.
There is plenty of parking and toilets at both sites. The Rural Life Centre is closed to the public on Tuesdays.
Who is it for?
Our Pre-School clubs are for children 2- 5 years. Parents get to stay and join in the fun.
Health & Safety
Our Little Explorers club will also have a level 3 qualified Forest School leader running the session and depending on numbers an assistant.
The Forest School leader holds an outdoor first aid certificate and all staff have DBS checks.
Forest School encourages appropriate risks that can lead to muddy faces and scrapped knees. We introduce fire safety as well and learning about looking out for yourself and each other. We discuss safe stick and stone play as well and our no lick, no pick rule. We have a hand wash station set up in the trees.
Rural Life Centre, Tilford, Farnham
Basingbourne Rd, Fleet GU52 6TQ
Little Explorers – Farnham £30
Forest school stay & play, held every other week in term time.
These 3 sessions will include time for your child/ren to explore, run, play and have fun. We will have a mud kitchen, water play, small world play, slack line walking, nature activities and crafts as well as stories, a fire and fire snacks.
Little Explorers Farnham PAYG 23rd April
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 23rd April.
Little Explorers – Fleet £30
Fleet forest school stay & play, held every other week in term time.
These three fun filled sessions will introduce you to our amazing Forest School pre-school club with nature play, crafts, slack line walking, stories, nature walks, free play, fire and fire snacks. We give the children space and time to explore the woods while also introducing them to new experiences and activities.
Little Explorers Fleet PAYG 26th April
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 26th April.
Little Explorers Farnham PAYG 7th May
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 7th May.
Little Explorers Fleet PAYG 10th May
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 10th May.
Little Explorers Farnham PAYG 21st May
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 21st May.
Little Explorers Fleet PAYG 24th May
Pay as you go option at £12 for one booking on the 24th May.