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 for children 0-5 with parents / caregivers

Let us make you a nice cuppa by the fire while your children have time to explore our wild forest school site.

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

Booking for the autumn sessions wil be by block booking. 

A limited number of extra places will be available at 10am on a Tuesday and Thursday for sessions the following day.

All payments will be via Paypal online. 

We have tried to acoomodate everyone, fingers crossed we have made access to all as easy as we can, and kept costs as low as we can too.

Booking will be open on line at https://buytickets.at/tinderwoodtrust  from Friday 22nd October 2021 at 1 pm.

Places are limited to 25 adult places per session. 

Please be patient if we cannot fit you in this time. We will regularly update the available sessions on our Facebook page.

Please email our volunteer board member in charge of the bookings at  tinderwoodbooking@gmail.com if you have any questions.

!Friday block booked sessions are now all fully booked but next day places are still available

Sessions at Friday Forest Squad

Autumn 2 sessions, bring on those beautiful dragon breath days of late Autumn and early Winter, hot drinks to keep chilly busy fingers warm and creative adventures in the woods. November 5, 12, 19, 26 December 3, 10, 17 All dates will be bookable at 1pm on Friday October 22nd

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 per child but welcome anything you can afford.

Availability

Fully booked.

Sessions at Wednesday Forest Squad

Autumn 2 sessions for enjoying and remembering that there is a whole host of beautiful days of Autumn to enjoy, maybe a few exciting soggy ones too, full of playful exploring and community. Hope you can come. November 3, 10, 17, 24 December 1, 8, 15 All dates will be bookable at 1pm on Friday October 22nd

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.

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.