Accompanied Forest School

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. 

Accompanied Forest School

3 to 5 years

For those who want to keep their pre-schooler out of the indoors for a little longer, and spend quality time experiencing and discovering the world together. 

Drop-off Forest School (weekday mornings)

3.5 years to 7 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. 

Drop-off Forest School (after-school and Saturdays)

4 years to 9 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. 

 
New Term Timetable: 11th August to 3rd October 2020
Wildlings @ Core Collective Dempsey

These sessions take place at our private nature space dedicated to Forest School experiences.. This is the first and only dedicated Forest School space in Singapore which is open to the public. 

Local Sessions

Local sessions take place in parks and nature parks in Singapore, owned and managed by NParks. These wonderful locations allow us to bring Forest School to more children across Singapore. 

18 months - 4 years Accompanied Forest School
 
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 10 children (Local Sessions) up to 16 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: One adult to one child, minimum of one adult to two children, one Forest School Leader

Cost: $40 per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm-up activity and our Forest School song

Nature Walk

The Leader will guide a nature walk, highlighting interesting things along the way.

Social Snack Time

Everyone brings along a snack to share during our social snack time. Adults are encouraged to move away from their child and enjoy a drink and a chat whilst their child does likewise.

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. 

Session Close

We will 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' listening to the sounds of the forest

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one excursion to a nearby location.

3 - 5 years  Accompanied Forest School
 
Introduction

Our accompanied Forest School programme for pre-school aged children from 3 years old until their 6th birthday is designed for outdoor, nature loving parents and children to spend quality time together, adventuring, playing and learning in Singapore's beautiful natural spaces or our very own wild site in Dempsey before children start 'big school' (or homeschool) full time. 

Our holistic programme has 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 link our sessions to ways of play such as schemas and Bob Hughes' taxonomy of play-types.. We provide experiences which have multiple links to holistic development. Our ultimate aims are to enhance wellbeing through time spent outdoors in nature, to empower children through respect, trust, and appropriate exposure to risk, to build character, and foster an appreciation of the natural world to encourage the next generation of caretakers for our planet. 

Details

Duration: 2hrs

Group size: up to 16 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: One adult to one child, minimum of one adult to four children, one Forest School Leader

Cost: $40 per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm-up activity and re-cap of last week

Nature Walk

The leader will guide a nature walk which will often have a theme or an additional purpose (finding different colours in nature, searching for bugs etc) The Leader will highlight interesting things along the way.  

 Social Snack Time

Everyone brings along a snack to share.  Adults are encouraged to move away from their child and enjoy a drink and a chat whilst their child does likewise

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. 

Session Close

The children and adults will be encouraged to reflect on their session and the things that they experienced and their impact. This may be through photographs, video, circle time or nature journals. Children will not be forced to share during reflection so the thoughts and observations of the adults are crucial to the reflective process. 

The session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga.

We will pack up together.  

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one excursion to a nearby location.

3.5 -7 years Drop-off Forest School (weekday mornings)
 
Introduction

Our weekday morning drop-off programme is for pre-school aged children 3.5yrs-7yrs old and is inspired by nature play, outdoor adventure pedagogy and forest school. 

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 highly skilled 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, with one volunteer space available each session. Parents are also invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community.

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)

Group size: up to 18 children (Dempsey)

Ratio: 1 staff member to 6 children, minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $65 per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm up games

Nature Walk

We'll walk our site boundary, discovering new things to do and helping each other to identify and manage any hazards.

Nature Play 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.

Social Snack Time

Mid-way through our session we will come together to cool down and have a snack, rest, and maybe listen to a story, reflect on our morning so far or simply enjoy a social chat with friends.

Experience time!

The Leader will guide the children through a new experience designed to connect the children with the natural world and provide inspiration for their time at Forest School. This could be anything from chopping wood to magic potion making. 

We will pack up together

AFter another session of freely chosen play experiences the 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.

The session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga or an energising game depending on energy levels..

Collection

We will bring the children to the gate for collection at 12.30pm. 

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session, one excursion to the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens, and one opportunity for adults to come into our space for a guided tour by their children to provide them with an insight into  their child's experiences at Forest School. 

4-9 years Drop-off After School and Saturday Morning Clubs
 
Introduction

Our after school and Saturday morning clubs are targeted at older 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 volunteer, with one volunteer space available each session. Parents are also invited to contribute their own skills and cultural knowledge to enrich our sessions as part of our Wildlings Community.

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: 2hrs

Group size: up to 18 children (Dempsey), 12 Children (East Coast)

Ratio: 1 staff member to 6 children, minimum of 2 staff members per session, one trained first aider and one trained Leader minimum. 

Cost: $50 per session

Programme

Welcome circle

Warm up games

Nature Walk

We'll walk our site boundary, discovering new things to do and helping each other to identify and manage any hazards.

Nature Play 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.

Social Snack Time

Mid-way through our session we will come together to cool down and have a snack, rest, and maybe listen to a story, reflect on our session so far or simply enjoy a social chat with friends.

Experience time!

The Leader will guide the children through a new experience designed to connect the children with the natural world and provide inspiration for their time at Forest School. This could be anything from chopping wood to magic potion making. 

We will pack up together

The 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.

The session will close with a story and two minutes of quiet time, breathing or yoga or an energising game depending on energy levels..

Collection

We will bring the children to the gate for collection at 5.45pm. (afternoons), 11am (Saturdays) 

Each term we will have at least one campfire cooking session and one opportunity for adults to come into our nature space for a guided tour by their children to provide them with an insight into their child's experiences at Forest School.  Depending on the group dynamics, we may investigate an excursion to the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens. 

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