Treecreepers run Forest School for children from foundation age upwards. The children can come to us at the beautiful 123 acre woodland trust site that we have access to at Lineover Wood. Alternatively we can come to you and work in your setting or nearby woodland you may have in mind, if appropriate. Please look at our FAQ for more information about what forest school encompasses.
To begin to benefit from forest school we recommend that children attend for at least one half term with the most progress being shown when young people can attend year round and see their Forest School site in all seasons. We can work with you to programme class/year groups on alternate days or weeks to fit around your school day and even to fit in with curriculum elements that you are concentrating on throughout the year.
We take groups of up to 16 children at a time with as many teachers/teaching assistants and helpers as you wish to send. This enables us to keep a high ratio of at least 1 qualified instructor for each 8 children allowing us to individually tailor aspects of the session and to progress to exciting activities like tool use and fire lighting. We often bring extra instructors and/or volunteers to a session free of charge to you when they are available.
We also work with smaller groups of up to 6 children who may be struggling in the school environment or who would benefit from some extra input. We use activities and play to build their confidence and encourage them to work together whilst adhering to firm boundaries. We can work on a particular project with the children or concentrate on their interests as we progress. The main proviso is to have regular sustained time with the children at Forest School in a sufficiently wild environment. We follow the same ethos as in all our sessions but are able to give more targetted support. Please contact us with your queries or for more details.
The price for Forest School sessions for schools with Treecreepers varies dependent on your needs. Please get in touch for a quote. Forest School is an excellent addition to the core curriculum, encouraged by OFSTED and funded in a variety of ways – through school budgets, grants and parental contribution or a combination of all three. Please ask for further guidance.
We provide a full service with everything that you need for us to run Forest School in your setting. From the start we can provide you with all risk assessments, policies and procedures and copies of our comprehensive insurance. All safety equipment, tools when used and materials for activities will be supplied by Treecreepers.
Our instructors are CRB checked and first aid trained to ensure everyone’s safety. If you are looking to develop Forest School in your setting we can also help with that.
Interested in Forest School for your young people? Give us a ring and we can meet up to talk through the possibilities or alternatively let us come and run a taster session for some of your children so you can see the magic for yourself.
The best parts about Treecreepers Forest School are…
“Excellent Staff who build a great relationship with individual pupils. Being outdoors in a relaxed environment – yet structured. Fantastic!”
- C LLoyd, Bournside School
“I think that the children respond to this experience so positively because for some it is the first time they have been out of an urban environment and encouraged to use their imagination and natural intuitiveness to learn.” – S. Cheetham
“There was lots of learning, lots of fun” – K Smith Youth Worker