Nov Forest Tots Block

Event Date
04/11/2022

Event Start Time
10:00 AM

Event Location
Evenley Wood Garden

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Every Friday morning 10 – 12 at Evenley Wood Garden. Please wash your hands on entry and exit to the Wood Garden, we will have hand washing at the Forest School site. Please bring your own snacks and drinks.  One adult per family group.

All bookings are subject to changes in Government guidelines and any need for staff to self-isolate. Anyone showing symptoms will be asked not to attend.

Dates of sessions are

Friday Morning 10 – 12.00,

Nov 4, 11, 18, 25

Dec 2, 9, 16

Woodland based activities for preschool children who are able to walk well through rough terrain to 5 yrs

Forest Tots takes place at Evenley Wood Garden. Each session lasts 2 hours and continues in all but extreme weather events.

Each session starts with a welcome circle. We will cover a range of activities some of which may be familiar to you as you may have done them as a child. Activities will include stories, playing games, making bird feeders, making wands, mud painting, making woodland creatures, treasure hunts, hill rolling, mud sliding, mini beast hunts, natural art, den/ shelter building, campfires, using real tools such as bow saws, knives and drills and much, much more!

A parent or carer must attend with the child; unattended children will not be allowed to stay at the session. This is due to Health and Safety and Insurance purposes. Please ensure you and your child are dressed for the weather and mud!

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Tickets: £70.00 Excluding VAT pp

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Additional information

What is Forest School?
Forest school is an inspirational and fun experience for you and your child. It is a long term programme that offers learning and development through child led play, exploration and risk taking. Its hands on learning in a natural setting and helps build self confidence, self esteem, nature connection and well-being.Forest school involves risky activities such as use of fire, tools, tree climbing and mud play. 
 
We do a risk benefit analysis of every activity but please be aware that we cannot remove all risk and we encourage children to understand and manage their own risk in a real world setting.Forest School Leaders are highly trained facilitators and will work with the children to develop their connection with nature, they are also trained in Safeguarding, First Aid and are all DBS checked.
 
At Muddy Feet nature connection runs through everything we do, in fact its all based on a growing body of research which we use in our programme development.
 
We use natural items found in the woods for the activities, we believe that Forest School should be a wild experience and not just bringing the indoors outdoors. All the activities are planned as part of a long term programme to develop your child, so the more you attend the more you get out of it.
 
The Forest School Association has produced this video on Forest School, if you want to find out more
What are the benefits of Forest School?
There are so many benefits to Forest School including:
  • Social development
  • Building self esteem
  • Builds confidence
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Creative, independent learners
  • Building resilience
  • Development of motor skills
  • Nature knowledge and connection
  • Fun
Important Information
Where will we meet the Forest School Leader?
Your Forest School Leader will meet you at the site entrance and lead you to the forest school site. They have a list of who is attending and will be wearing a Muddy Feet top.
 
Can we bring a buggy?
Yes sites are buggy accessible
Can we bring babes in arms?
Yes, please note we do start charging for siblings when they are walking.
 
Do we have to pay site entrance fee’s?
No these are included in the ticket price.
 
Do you supply snacks and drink?
At the moment, we are only able to offer very limited refreshments due to Covid security. Your Forest School Leader will advise but please ensure you have snacks and warm drinks. With regards to snacks for the sessions, please can we ask that you do NOT bring anything containing NUTS due to allergies within the group. We do appreciate your co-operation on this matter.
 
What about Covid security?
We have a detailed Covid Risk Assessment that is reviewed regularly. You will be asked to wash your hands on entrance / exit to the site.  Your Forest School Leader will advise on managing group work, fire and tool skills and wearing of masks when in close contact. We keep your contact details for 21 days for track and trace. If you wish to have further details on our Covid policy and risk assessment please contact us.
 
How shall we dress?
We are outdoors in all weathers. Even if there is a little rain or drizzle it will be muddy so come in waterproofs. In summer there are nettle, brambles, stings and ticks so please no shorts! Don’t forget to dress yourself in warm and waterproof clothing with boots. You and your child will enjoy the experience much more if you are dressed appropriately.
 
KIT LISTS
Children will need a named water bottle and a backpack that is suitable for outdoors that your child can carry.WHAT TO WEAR IN SUMMER
  • Waterproofs
  • One pair of comfortable trousers (jogging bottoms or leggings)
  • One t-shirt, light long sleeved t-shirt
  • One fleecy zip up jacket (in a backpack just in case)
  • One pair of socks
  • Wellies or sturdy closed toe shoes (which you don’t mind getting wet and muddy!)
  • A sun hat for sunny days
  • Spare trousers & socks in backpacks
WHAT TO WEAR IN SPRING/AUTUMN
  • Waterproofs
  • One pair of comfortable trousers (jogging bottoms or leggings)
  • One long sleeved t-shirt or top
  • One thick jumper
  • One fleecy zip up jacket (in the backpack, just in case)
  • Two pairs of socks. On the bottom, one thin cotton sock, and the top, a thick wool or fluffy bed sock
  • Wellies or sturdy closed toe shoes (which you don’t mind getting wet and muddy!)
  • Spare trousers & socks in backpacks
WHAT TO WEAR IN WINTER
  • Waterproofs
  • Base layer – thermals
  • Next bottom layer – fleece or other warm tracksuit bottoms
  • First top layer – long sleeve t-shirt or thin jumper
  • Second top layer – fleece jumper
  • Third top layer – fleece jacket
  • Neck scarf
  • Hat and gloves
  • Two pairs socks
  • Extra Jumpers to be packed in backpack for really cold days
  • Snow boots or sturdy warm outdoor boots
The Northern Ireland Forest School Association has produced this video on dressing for Forest School
 
Are there toilets and hand washing available?
Yes toilets are available and we have solar showers for hand washing at the Forest School site.
Is there shelter?
We do provide parachute or tarp shelters to protect from the rain, but be prepared for the weather.
Is parking available?
Yes there is a car park available.
 
We can’t make it do you offer refunds?
No, if you can’t come we do not offer refunds as we are unable to fill your place. If you wish to cancel your place please email us, we require two weeks’ notice.
 
When do you cancel?
We cancel in heavy snow or strong winds 30mph +, we will offer you an refund for these sessions.
 
Who is Muddy Feet?
Muddy Feet is a business providing outdoor education.  Muddy Feet runs educational programmes including forest school training and outdoor education courses,  family events and social projects. Muddy Feet was founded in 2013 by Alex Williams who has 20 years experience in working on environmental projects with a range of different communities. Alex is experienced in working with additional needs, and is an approved therapeutic practitioner.  We work with a number of associate forest school leaders.
 
Who do we contact if we need to speak to someone?
Alex Williams Tel:07432611008 Email: muddyfeettraining@gmail.com
Jo Aspley Tel: 07986864567 Email:  buddyclub20@gmail.com
 
Managing Behaviour
We believe children should be able to discuss and work through their differences and the Forest School Leaders facilitate these conversations. We have a behaviour policy that is based on restorative practice. If you would like to see a copy of this policy please contact us.
 
Policies Available Please contact us for copies.
  • Emergency procedures
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Safer recruitment
  • Equal opportunities
  • Behaviour
  • Complaints
  • Data protection
  • Anti Fraud
  • Anti slavery and human trafficking
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Covid 19 policy and Risk Assessment
  • Privacy policy
  • Training policy.
  • Business continuation.
Directions

From the North M1 to junction 15a, follow A43 signed Oxford, Towcester and Brackley From the South & West M40 to junction 10, follow A43 signed Northampton, Silverstone and Brackley From London A40 to M40 in Denham, follow A43 signed Northampton, Bicester and Brackley From Birmingham M42 to M40, follow M40 signed Banbury, M40 to A422 in Banbury signed to Brackley, Milton Keynes and Evenley From Evenley Follow the road to Mixbury village. There are signs placed in Evenley and also next to the road.

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