Forest School for Home-Educated Children COVID-19 UPDATE: We are pleased to announce we are once again able to run our Forest School sessions for home educated-children this Spring! Our Forest School Programme for home-educated children is the perfect opportunity for primary aged children to interact with other children and form friendships, whilst participating in a range of engaging activities that develop essential life skills. Children will benefit from improved confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, communication skills, gross & fine motor skills, problem solving skills, and some academic concepts (such as shape & measure). Who? These sessions are aimed at children that are home-educated from 4-13 years old, whose parents want to provide them with regular access to an alternative form of education. What? Sessions are 3 hours and include a hot chocolate and snack usually prepared by the children themselves. The sessions are generally child-led, but a range of activities will be offered over the course of the programme, including: Fire lighting, maintenance and safety Cooking skills Team activities, such as building dens, bridges or tree-houses Tool use and tool safety Arts, crafts and activities using natural resources Basic knots and lashings, and their uses Tree climbing and building obstacle courses Among many others Where? Salcey Forest (Northants) Cold Harbour Outdoor Learning Centre (Bletchley, Milton Keynes) When - What Time? Our Spring 2021 sessions will run from Monday 15th March at both Salcey Forest and Cold Harbour. Sessions need to be booked in half-term blocks so that we can form bubbles as per the government guidelines in regards to COVID-19. Salcey Forest Salcey Forest Block A: Monday 15th March Monday 22nd March Monday 12th April Monday 26th April Salcey Forest Block B: Monday 10th May Monday 24th May Monday 7th June Monday 21st June All sessions start at 12.30am and finish at 3.30pm Cold Harbour Cold Harbour Block A: Friday 16th April Friday 30th April Friday 14th May Cold Harbour Block B: Friday 28th May Friday 11th June Friday 25th June All sessions start at 12.30am and finish at 3.30pm How Much? £13 per child per session Hot snack and drink provided. Please note, parking is free at Cold Harbour, but only free at Salcey Forest for those with a Salcey Forest Membership, otherwise there is a parking charge of £2 for 1hr, £4 for 2hr, and £6 all day, payable to Forestry England - however, drop off & collection only (10 min stay) is free at Salcey Forest. How to Book? To book your child/ren a place for sessions at either sites, please download and complete the booking form below. Spring Booking Form (word doc.) Spring Booking Form (PDF) We asked that this booking form is emailed back to us by the specified dates below and we will then work through and allocate spaces. We aim to confirm places 3-4 working days after the booking deadline, once you have confirmed your place invoices will follow suit, where the balance will need to be paid before the first session. Please note, no bookings are final until you receive a booking confirmation from us. Salcey Forest Block A Deadline: 5th March Cold Harbour Block A Deadline: 22nd March If you are interested in booking after this deadline please contact us as we may have spaces available, alternatively we can add you to our waiting list for any cancellations. If you would a copy of our full risk assessment including our COVID-19 measures, would like to be added to our mailing list, or have any other queries, please email us on [email protected] or call 07872 470266.