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 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.

Dates

See sections below for dates/times and availability.

Book

Booking for the Summer term sessions will continue to be by booking only. 

All payments will be via Paypal online. 

Booking will be open on line at https://buytickets.at/tinderwoodtrust  from Thursday April 14th 2022 at 1pm

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

Places are limited to 20 block booked adult places per session, and 5 lastminute places per session. 25 adult places per session maximum.

The 5 lastminute adult places will be bookable on a Thursday morning at 10am.

Block booking and lastminute booking are both via the link above.

Please be patient if we cannot fit you in this time. If you book a block and then find you cannot come, please do let us know, as we very often have a waiting list of families and children wanting to come and play out with us.

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

!After Easter 2022 our family sessions at Eastwood will only be running on a Friday morning. We have taken this decision after reflecting on our leaders capacity and the sustainability of the site. We know how loved our forest school sessions are and as soon as the right opportunity comes up for us to increase sessions again sustainably we will. If you think that you want to be part of how we do this become a forest school leader, know of a site for our consideration or anything else to make our little charities work grow then do get in touch with us via all the usual channels email:tinderwoodfs@gmail.com / DM on Facebook or Instagram or even just chatting in person - old school :)

Sessions at Eastwood on Friday

Our first half term following the Easter holidays begins on Friday 29th April and runs for 5 sessions up to and including Friday 27th May. Attendance by booking only. Booking live via the link above on Thursday April 14th at 1pm. Our second half term begins on Friday June 10th and runs for 7 sessions up to and including July 22nd. Attendance will be back booking only. Booking for the second summer term will be live via the above link from Thursday June 22nd at 1pm.

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.

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.