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.

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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

Treefield - new family project exploration day and woodland celebration 

From September 2022 we are beginning a new project, in a new location, on a new day and we'd like to invite you to come and check it out with us. The project will run over a whole year with a Saturday morning out in the woods each month being creative, observing the passing of the year in the life of the woods, sharing skills and making community.

This open event is to gather your ideas and feedback on our new woodland, and while booking is essential for numbers, the event will be charged by donation only on the day. 

Treefield is in Pecket Well above Hebden Bridge and there is a 250m ish walk from the road / bus stop to the site entrance down a track. There is no parking at the site or on the road and we are encouraging everyone to travel to this project by bus. The 591 Keighley bus from Hebden Bridge stops right at the top of the track and that is where we'll meet to walk down to the site together.

Following booking all information about the location will be emailed out to you.

Date - Friday August 26th 10.30 - 1pm - bring your lunch!

Book - Via the link below. Donation only charge on the day

Booking will be open on line at https://buytickets.at/tinderwoodtrust  from Friday August 5th 2022 at 10 am

There is a maximum number of places per session, and we count numbers as adult places not children.

Places are limited to 20 adult places plus children.

Please be patient if we cannot fit you in this time.

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

 

Summer Special Session 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 small but perfectly formed 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.

Date - Friday September 2nd

Book - All payments will be via Paypal online. 

Booking will be open on line at https://buytickets.at/tinderwoodtrust  from Friday August 5th 2022 at 10 am

There is a maximum number of places per session, and we count numbers as adult places not children.

Places are limited to 30 adult places plus children.

Please be patient if we cannot fit you in this time.

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

!The new Autumn term will begin on Friday September 9th with booking for places live from August 12th in the usual way.

Sessions at Eastwood on Friday

Autumn term sessions begin again on September 9th and run for 6 sessions up to and including October 21st. Attendance will be by block and last minute places only. Booking will be live via the above link from Friday August 12th at 10 am.

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

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.