31st May Holiday Club Evenley Wood Garden

Event Date
31/05/2022

Event Start Time
09:00 AM

Event Location
Evenley Wood Garden

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Rewild your child with a full day of immersive woodland fun, these holiday club days will inspire your children as well as teach them new skills. This popular club runs throughout the holidays.  The children love this experience so much that they go home and asked to be booked on again and again. A full day of action-packed adventure in the woods, activities include shelter building, fire skills, cooking on the fire, woodland games, and natural arts and crafts.

For children 5 + years, we are unable to take younger children due to Ofsted requirements.

9.00 – 4 pm

Spaces limited,

Holiday clubs are extremely physical we offer a true wild nature-based experience so please ensure your child is able to cope with the demands of the day. Please let us know if your child has additional needs so we can support them throughout the day. If your child struggles with mainstream group activities, please contact us BEFORE booking to see if we are able to meet their needs. 

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 we will not be providing any.

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

Children must bring full body waterproofs, boots,  lunch, snacks, and drinks. Please ensure your child can carry all their kit in a backpack.

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Tickets: £35.00 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 the 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 risks 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. Forest school involves risky activities such as the use of fire, tools, tree climbing and mud play. We complete accident report forms for all accidents and you will be informed
when you collect your child. In the event of an incident, we follow our emergency procedures, staff debrief and review all risk assessments. All staff are first aid trained, have walkie talkies and we have well-stocked first aid backpacks that are with the leader at all times.
 
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.
Please no toys or electronics including mobile phones. If your child displays any sickness or Covid Symptoms, please do not
attend, Sickness bugs please do not attend for 48 hours. 
What do you do throughout the day?
Holiday clubs are extremely physical we offer a true wild nature-based experience so please ensure your child is able to cope with the demands of the day. Please do let us know if your child has additional needs so we can support them throughout the day.
We have a core structure that we follow on the holiday club, but the forest school leaders will work with the children on their interests. You can ask the leaders what we did throughout the day or check out the updates on Facebook.
Core routines: sign in, hand wash, walk to the site, boundaries, risks/ health and safety talk and intro, talks three principles: look after self/others/environment, exploring the wood garden, reflection, sit spots, stream walking, sign out.
Child’s interest: free play, shelter building, tool use, bug hunting, mud play, games.
Facilitated activities: Fire Skills, making things using tools, nature connection – listening observation/education/ journaling, games, nature art
What are the benefits of Forest School?
There are 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.
 
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 at entrance/exit to the site.  Your Forest School Leader will advise on managing group work, fire and tool skills and wearing 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! 
 
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
Are there toilets and hand washing available?
Yes toilets are available and we have 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 a refund for these sessions.
 
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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