Home Education

We believe our woodlands develop children's physicality, inspire their creativity and enrich the senses.

Home Education Sessions


We are delighted to provide nature-based sessions for children aged 3-10.

Sessions are child-led and staff will facilitate opportunities for the children based on their interests. The children may also learn a variety of skills using tools, fire lighting, den building, environmental art as well as tree climbing, playing in the mud and making up games. The main aim of the session though is to bring children together to be sociable, to learn how to negotiate with each other, to turn-take and create their own games. Please note we are not a Forest School. We provide an experience that supports children's social understanding in a natural environment. Please read my blog for more information about the experience that is provided please copy the link. https://n2napproach.blogspot.com/2019/06/why-were-coming-away-from-being-forest.html




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DETAILS


Wednesdays & Thursdays 9.30-3.30 (Term time only)
Monday's from September 2020 will cater for children aged 5-10 only.
£30 per child, payable termly in advance.

A minimum requirement of a term is required, we do not offer one-off sessions or as and when. Children must be able to separate with ease, we do not offer any settling in sessions for children over the age of 5

Children must be able to engage in self-directed learning. The adults on-site are there to facilitate children's play, not direct it.

Whilst we always strive to support children with additional needs, we are limited in the amount of support we can offer. Currently, we are at capacity at the Garston site. We apologise for any inconvenience.

KIT LIST

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- PVU Waterproofs (100% waterproof) – Dungarees and jacket. The dungarees give an additional layer around the core.
- Thermals - Lots of base layers (Cotton tops with high polo necks) & leggings. We also recommend that any under clothing doesn’t have a hood (e.g. lots of zip-up tops for kids have hoods) as you can’t pull them up over a wooly hat, and if left down, they bulk up the back of the waterproof jacket reducing the reach that the waterproof hood has over the child’s head
- Light fleeces or heavier fleeces (if it’s really cold children can wear down-filled (puffy) jackets and/or salopettes.
- We find that neoprene-lined wellies are fine all year round, however, those particularly prone to cold toes benefit from disposable foot warmers on colder days or by wearing snow boots.
- Hats that cover ears and good quality fleece-lined waterproof gloves that fit well past the wrist (not snow/padded gloves as these just get wet and soggy the first time a child touches anything)









CANCELLATION



The home education day is an experience and we do not have facilities to cater for children over the age of 5 when the weather is bad Therefore if we have to cancel the session due to high winds we will refund.

CURRICULUM



The space that has been created provide children with the opportunity to engage with their peers, in a safe confined space without the interference of an adult within their play. Our sessions are designed to teach children one of the most fundamental life skills - how to be human. Not many children get the opportunity nowadays to spend 6 hours a day completely immersed in nature with the opportunity to engage in child-led play. Play in its purest sense is what the children who come to us get to experience. These playful moments are what teach children a whole range of complex skills and support the development of their executive functions and cognitive development. Our social relationships help us to develop a sense of belonging and I believe children do not get enough opportunities nowadays to develop these skills due to their overstructured lives.
What we do provide is a range of open-ended loose parts for the children to engage with, and if they do want us to build, construct or guide an activity then we will. They learn to problem-solve, turn-take, negotiate, be imaginative, have disagreements and resolve conflicts, regulate their emotions and collaborate. Essential life skills. I wholeheartedly believe that the educators are there to provide strategies that support children's emotional literacy skills, and if children want some guidance and to participate in the activities we have on offer, then it should be their choice to do so. For our home educated children, what we provide is an experience that enables children to engage in active learning that is led by children's own curiosity. Our approach is guided by the most influential theorists of our time Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, and Frobel and adopts a more constructivist approach to education. (A reaction to didactic approaches such as behaviourism and programmed instruction, constructivism states that learning is an active, contextualized process of constructing knowledge rather than acquiring it. Knowledge is constructed based on personal experiences and hypotheses of the environment.
The most fundamental skill that young children should learn when they are in the forest, is how to develop their emotional intelligence and their connection to the natural world. This combination is what enables children to know what their values are, to develop ideas, reflect on their frustrations of self-directed learning and assimilate information that will hopefully set them up for life. What it is is play in its natural sense.
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