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 Autumn 2021 sessions will run from Monday 6th September at both Salcey Forest and Cold Harbour. Sessions will take place weekly, and places can either be booked as a half-term block at a discount, or for individual sessions at full price. 

Salcey Forest

Salcey Forest Block A:

  • Monday 11th October
  • Monday 18th October

All sessions start at 12.30pm and finish at 3.30pm

Salcey Forest Block B:

  • Monday 1st November
  • Monday 8th November
  • Monday 15th November
  • Monday 22nd November
  • Monday 29th November
  • Monday 6th December
  • Monday 13th December

All sessions start at 12.30pm and finish at 3.30pm

Cold Harbour

Cold Harbour Block A: 

  • Friday 8th October
  • Friday 15th October
  • Friday 22nd October

All sessions start at 12.30pm and finish at 3.30pm

    Cold Harbour Block B:

    • Friday 5th November
    • Friday 12th November
    • Friday 19th November
    • Friday 26th November
    • Friday 3rd December
    • Friday 10th December
    • Friday 17th December

    All sessions start at 12.30pm and finish at 3.30pm


    How Much?

    • £13 per child per session (if booked as a half-term block)
    • £16 per child per session (if booking individual sessions)

    Hot snack and drink provided, usually cooked by the children themselves. 

    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?

    Please visit our booking page, change the category to 'Forest School for Home-Educated Children'. 

    To book a full block of home-ed sessions to get the reduced rate, please find the first/next day of the block on the calendar, and click 'book now' next to the relevant option. Select how many places you wold like to book before clicking 'continue', and you will be taken through to a booking page with all sessions in the block showing as reserved. Please complete both pages of the booking form, and then make payment online when asked to do so via email. 

    To book a single home-ed session, find the relevant session date on the calendar. Select how many places you wold like to book before clicking 'continue', and you will be taken through to a booking page with all sessions in the block showing as reserved. Please complete both pages of the booking form, and then make payment online when asked to do so via email. 

    For more information, please email us on [email protected] or call 07872 470266.