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Forest School

 
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Accompanied Forest School (Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

18 months to 4 years 

Spend quality time together with your little one, adventuring, playing and learning immersed in nature, sharing the benefits of Forest School and the excitement of new discoveries. 

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Pre-school Programme (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (SBG) and Fridays)

3 years to 6 years

Perfect for preschoolers to develop emotional intelligence and self-esteem, creativity and independence. Our participants benefit physically and mentally from hours of quality outdoor time each week, guided by our passionate and knowledgeable staff, far more than the outdoor time available in a pre-school or child-care centre. 

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Forest School Club (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays)

3.5 years to 10 years

Our two-hour after school and saturday morning clubs are designed to help slightly older children unwind and 'unschool' from a busy day or week of indoor instruction. Children are encouraged to play, engage with nature, be physically active, creative, independant and to socialise whilst guided by our passionate and knowledgeable staff. 

See our full timetable: here
18 months - 4 years Accompanied Forest School
 
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Introduction

Our accompanied Forest School programme for children from 18 months old up until their 4th birthday is designed to develop resilience, confidence, creativity and independence as well as provide all of the wellbeing benefits of spending plenty of time outdoors.  Young children are reassured from the presence of their carer which allows them to feel confident to play and explore independently. Children benefit through our carefully designed play experiences inspired by nature, culture and stories. During our time together the children and adults connect with the natural world and develop a curiosity about nature which will last a life-time. Exposure to nature in the early years is crucial to fostering the next generation of caretakers for our planet. 

Details

Duration: 2hrs

Group size: up to 18 children (Dempsey) 14 children (mobile locations)

Ratio: One adult to one child, minimum of one adult to two children, two Forest School staff (Dempsey), one Forest School Leader (mobile sessions)

Cost: $45 per child per session

Programme

 

15 minutes of settling in time

Welcome circle

Welcome and our Forest School song

 

Warm-up activity

The Leader will guide a warm-up activity which will vary from week to week..

 

Facilitated Experiences

The Leader will facilitate site appropriate learning through play experiences, often with a theme, developed based on their observations of the children's interests of preceding sessions. 

 

Snack Time

MId-session its time to have a snack and drink

 

Child-led exploration and play

Up to one hour of nature playtime in our beautiful nature space

 

Session Close

We will clean up or pack up together

The Leader will close the session with a quick re-cap of the day's events with adults invited to input, followed by a story and a minute or two of quiet 'cuddle time'  or another mindfulness activity listening to the sounds of the forest

Each term we will have at least one session with tools, one campfire cooking session and for terms of at least 10-weeks, one excursion to a nearby location (postponed due to Covid-19).

3-6 years Preschool Programme (weekday mornings)
 
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Introduction

Our weekday morning drop-off programme is for pre-school aged children 3yrs-6yrs old and is an authentic Forest School programme true to the globally renowned ethos. 

Children are free to roam, explore, challenge and engage with one another and in this way our programme has a strong influence on the development of emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and social skills. Our session Leaders carefully craft experiences based on the children's interests. Experiences have multiple links to holistic development and Bob Hughes' taxonomy of play-types. Our sessions are inspired by the natural world and it's cycles, cultural celebrations and stories. This helps children to develop a strong sense of their place in the world. We work to encourage the next generation of caretakers for our planet to emerge through personal experience of the wonder of nature.

Children attending this programme will be:

  • Ready to spend time away from their primary care-givers.

  • Able to respect the boundaries that are necessary to ensuring safety in the outdoors.

  • Physically able to play outdoors for the duration of the session in the tropical environment.

After spending at least six weeks with a child, staff will use observations to design the outdoor play experiences which will inform future sessions delivered by the session Leader. 

Parents are invited to volunteer and parents are also invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community (postponed due to Covid-19).

Please view our Safety Policy for how we work to manage and mitigate the hazards that children may be exposed to whilst attending our tropical outdoor programmes. 

Details

Duration: 3hrs (mornings) 09.30-12.30, Mon, Tue., Wed (SBG) Fri

Group size: up to 16 children (Dempsey) 12 children (Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Ratio: 1:6 (Dempsey), 1:4 (Singapore Botanic Gardens), minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $70 per child per session, booked on a termly basis

Programme (approx timings)

 

Settling-in time (or nature walk - SBG)  (15-30 minutes)

This time allows the children to check-in on the things that are important to them, often carried over from the previous session. Once children have had time to address their own most pressing agenda, they will be ready to settle into the session start. 

Welcome circle & warm-up games (15-30mins)

Morning discussion, introduction to the day's provocations, child-initiated games, mindfulness

Snack Time (20 mins)

Parents provide a healthy, nut-free snack for their child. CHildren sit together in our outdoor classroom and chat during snack time

Exploration - term theme provocations (1.5hrs)

Teachers set-up provocations for the week linked to a theme based upon the interests of the children

 

Pack-up (5mins)

Everyone works together to pack-up the things they have used today and gather their personal belongings together

 

Story and reflection (15mins)

Teachers share their observations from the session with the children who are invited to share their own thoughts and ideas. Childrne listen to a story and participate in a mindfulness exercise before collection at the gate at 12.30pm. 

 

 

We require all new children under the age of 4yrs to attend a trial before enrollment. This is so that both teachers, and parents, can establish the child's readiness for Forest School before making the term commitment. Trials can be booked on our bookings page. Please contact us if your child has special needs.

Each term, of at least 10 weeks, we will have at least one tool use session and one campfire cooking session plus one excursion (on hold due to Covid-19). In June we will hold Student-Led Conferences which is an opportunity for parents to come into Forest School, speak to teachers, and observe and participate in experiences with their child. 

Teachers provide daily session updates and photographs to parents. 

Forest School Club (3.5-5yrs, 6-7yrs, 8-10yrs)
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Introduction

Our Forest School Club takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Our club is targeted  at children with an adventurous spirit in need of a place to let off steam after a busy day or week of indoor instruction. We provide traditional outdoor experiences from making bows and arrows to taking care of insects and plants. We provide practical skills such as how to cook on a campfire and build a natural shelter. Like all of our programmes these sessions have a strong influence on the development of emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and social skills.

 

Our sessions are inspired by the natural world and it's cycles, cultural celebrations and stories. This helps children to develop a strong sense of their place in the world. We work to encourage the next generation of caretakers for our planet to emerge through personal experience of the wonder of nature.

Children attending this programme will be:

  • Ready to spend time away from their primary care-givers.

  • Able to respect the boundaries that are necessary to ensuring safety in the outdoors.

  • Physically able to play outdoors for the duration of the session in the tropical environment.

After spending at least six weeks with a child, staff will use observations to design the outdoor play experiences which will inform future sessions delivered by the session Leader. 

Parents are invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community (on-hold due to Covid-19).

Please view our Safety Policy for how we work to manage and mitigate the hazards that children may be exposed to whilst attending our tropical outdoor programmes. 

Details

Duration: 1.5 - 2hrs

Group size: up to 34 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: 1 staff member to 5 children (aged 4-6) and 1 staff to 8 children (aged 7-9), minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $55 per child per session

Programme

 

Welcome circle & Child-initiated Warm up games

Forest School Experiences

The children will freely choose the experiences on offer that are of interest to them, or make-up and design their own, with the guidance of our passionate and skilled staff.

 

Snack Time (optional)

For the children who want to take abreak and have a snack. Snacks are provided by parents, although some experiences do involve food. 

 

More Experience time!

Forest School Club time flies by as the children are busy with their own outdoor pursuits

 

Session Close

The children help to pack up and gather their things. They may choose to change their clothing if their wish. 

 

Children will be encouraged to reflect on their session and the things that they experienced, this may be through photographs, video, circle time or nature journals. Children are never forced to participate.

For younger children the session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga. 

 

Collection

We will bring the children to the gate for collection at 5.30pm. (afternoons), 11am (Saturdays) 

Each term of at least 10 weeks duration we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one session involving Forest School tools. We often invite external organisations for 'incursions'.