Info for families

Schedule

See the schedule below to find out when and where our Family Forest School sessions take place and how to book.

What to expect

Each session is quite a relaxed affair as we appreciate that life with small children often gets in the way of hard and fast schedules.

As people arrive, we draw their attention to the specifics that may or may not have been found on the morning’s risk assessment sweep, and we share with them our plans for the morning.

Alongside our planned activity, resources are available for a huge variety of choice in what children and families would like to get busy with; from lying in the hammocks to digging and making mud pies; searching for beasts or reading a story; painting and chalking or playing with water and so much more, the choices are there for all.

Then we disband and let the morning take whatever path it will take within the safe boundaries of the base.

Snack and drinks are available for everyone to have during the session, and handwashing is always possible.

Our sessions close with a gathering together time for those that want to, when we sing songs, chat about our morning and raise any issues that we have or information that we want to pass on.

After singing everyone heads off, after doing a little bit to help tidy up.

We look forward to seeing you there soon.

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What should adults do?

We encourage the adults to support the children in their activities rather than doing them for them or choosing for them.

We encourage the adults, whilst watching out for their child’s safety, to let them take some responsibility for their own adventures.

Whilst the children will be gaining a massive amount from being in the woods and playing together, we recognise that an important aspect to any parent and child group is the support and friendship that we as adults can gain.

Parenting is really challenging! And getting together with others can make it seem a little lighter for a time.

Photo for Tinderwood Trust by Sarah Mason Photographers

What to wear / bring

As the weather conditions vary through the year each adult bringing a child to the sessions is responsible for dressing themselves and their child appropriately.

Ideally both adults and children alike should have (depending on the season)

  • Long Trousers
  • Wellies/ footwear that protects toes
  • Wooly hat and gloves
  • Spare socks
  • Change of clothes in a carrier bag
  • Fleece/ sweatshirt
  • Jacket/ coat
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproofs

Family Sessions  at Eastwood in the new post-lockdown world of Spring 2021

Let us make you a nice cuppa by the fire while your children have time to explore our newly restored site to themselves.

Our wild playing out sessions for families at our Eastwood site will be by virtue of the new virus limited by current government guidelines on social interaction. Staff will follow active benefit risk assessments to set up resources and activities to play and get busy with.

We will be getting creative with nature, probably digging interesting holes and definitely cooking on the fire and searching for things in the pond, all inspired by the forest school ethos. Come and play out together with us.

Dates

See sections below for dates/times and availability.

Book

When the lockdowns began we didn’t know just how long we would have to run our booking systems, but needed something up and running with minimum of fuss. The system we used to make sure we met the Covid rules has been well and truly tested to its limit. So, we are trying something new this time.

Booking will still be by half term block, not individual sessions – for example, Wednesday Squad Summer Half Term 1 is 8 sessions from April 7th to May 26th. We ask that all sessions are paid for in advance online.

Booking will be open on line at https://buytickets.at/tinderwoodtrust  from Sunday 14th March 2021 at 12 noon.

As it’s been so long since we’ve been out in the woods, we’ve decided to start afresh with our Squads to try to be fair to everyone. Therefore, we are not carrying forward either the bookings from January or the waiting list.

Places are sadly very limited, but we hope to expand our operations when Government guidelines allow. Please be patient if we cannot fit you in this time. We will regularly update the available sessions on our Facebook page.

Please email tinderwoodbooking@gmail.com if you have any questions.

!A slight website hitch (hopefully soon to be resolved) means that the info above still says that booking is through Eventbrite - it isn't ! We are using Ticket Tailor, it looks friendly, clear and easy to use. If you find anything different, do let us know x Also the wording on the cost section need a spot of adjustment - we are on it!

!WE ARE BACK , as the poem(?) goes, oft repeated by our family members... - Spring is sprung, The grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is! Well we can safely say that the birds are busy making homes in the nest boxes, the frogs have been very busy, and all we need now is you. Can't wait to see you all out and playing again soon. x

Sessions at Wednesday Forest Squad

Come along and enjoy all the delights as the seasons turn and we can get stuck into some marvellous probably muddy outdoor adventures together. Summer Term 1 dates April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (£32 per child) Summer term 2 dates June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th, 14th 21st (£28 per child)

When?

Wednesdays 10-12 noon
For children 0-5 with parents/carers

Where?

Eastwood Family Forest school site

Find us on the map: street maps link

Cost?

We ask those who can afford to do so to contribute to the cost of these individual family Forest School sessions.

We ask for a donation from families of £4 per child per session x number of sessions in the block per child but welcome anything you can afford.

To Book

Please click here to book using Eventbrite.

Availability

Spaces still available.

Sessions at Friday Forest Squad

Time to get busy again in the woods with new friends and old familiar ones too. Get your boots on! Summer half term 1dates April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (£32 per child) Summer half term 2 dates June 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (£28 per child)

When?

Fridays 10-12 noon
For children 0-5 with parents/carers

Where?

Eastwood Family forest school site

Find us on the map: street maps link

Cost?

We ask those who can afford to do so to contribute to the cost of these individual family Forest School sessions.

We ask for a donation from families of £4 per child per session x number of sessions in the block per child but welcome anything you can afford.

To Book

Please click here to book using Eventbrite.

Availability

Spaces still available.

Sessions at Eastwood, Singing in the woods

OOOO how exciting, a new session just for new parents with babies who are yet to learn to crawl! A special initial trial of 4 sessions with the very lovely and talented Liz Powers (yes Thula Mama Liz) to learn beautiful songs in harmony with one another. No previous singing experience needed and no ability to read music necessary. We hope to extend these session but for now we are just dipping our toes in the water and testing it out. 10 places only Dates are April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 3rd (£20 per adult)

When?

Mondays 10-11
For children 0 with parents/carers

Where?

Eastwood Family Forest School site

Find us on the map: street maps link

Cost?

We ask those who can afford to do so to contribute to the cost of these individual family Forest School sessions.

We ask for a donation from families of £5 per adult per child but welcome anything you can afford.

To Book

Please click here to book using Eventbrite.

Availability

Spaces still available.

Please note: We run in all weathers with just two exceptions; if there is a strong wind or if the rain has been really heavy and the site is liable to flood. Either of these conditions would make it unsafe to be in the woods, and families will be contacted on Facebook or text message as soon as a risk assessment has been carried out. A message will also be shown on this page.