Børn of the Forest is a classroom without walls where children learn from nature, within nature. Our sessions, based on the principles of the Forest School approach, allow children to learn about nature, the environment, their world and themselves through natural, open ended play, creation, exploration, and discovery.
Preschool Play. Walkers-age 5 – Term time, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10-11.30
Preschool play sessions for you to stay and play with your little explorers. The sessions are child led, natural and open ended with time and space for your little ones to follow their own interests and motivations. There will be lots of time to explore our different areas, thoughtfully designed by our Early Year’s specialist teacher to engage the senses and with child development at the heart. We have mud kitchens, swings, slack lines, den making and much more. There’ll be new enhancements each week often based on stories or the seasons so as well as returning to favourite areas, there’ll be something new to try each visit.
We recommend coming once your little one can confidently walk. Sessions can be booked as one off or using a flexible class pass. Pre-walking siblings are welcome free of charge.
Preschool Forest School age 2.5 – 5 – Term time, Tuesdays 10-12 Sessions are based upon the Forest School ethos. We’ll be following your child’s lead and building upon skills and experiences, which will likely include campfire cooking, with your child involved in the process; learning to use real tools to create crafts and as part of woodland management/ fire building preparation; crafting, playing with and exploring natural materials to help us to learn about and connect with nature. Plus of course plenty of time for child led play!
We recommend coming once your pre-schooler is about 2.5 years old to get the most from the sessions, but younger siblings are of course welcome too with pre-walking siblings welcome to join us free of charge.
After School Club age 5-11 -Term time, Mondays 3.30-5.30
As with the holiday clubs, there is much time spent playing freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.
After School Clubs are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.
Therapeutic Forest for SEND age 4-11- Term time, Thursdays 12.45-2.45 We are passionate about using the Forest School approach to support young people who need some additional support to socialise, improve communication, connect with nature and develop skills. As Therapeutic Forest Leaders we aim to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs at Forest School. This may include supporting children with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma, those requiring inclusive communication strategies, those with sensory processing needs and children and young people with learning disabilities, autism and behavioural needs.
Home Ed Group age 5-11- Term time, Tuesdays 12.30-2.30 Forest School sessions for home-educated children with parents / carers staying to join them with their play and explorations. Learner centred sessions with much time spent playing and exploring freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.
Sessions are facilitated by Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders, some are also experienced teachers with QTS.
Home Ed sessions are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Birthday Parties age 2+ – Year round
If a birthday party that is a little bit different from the norm, set in beautiful, vast woodland surroundings, led (& tidied up!) by experienced, creative professionals is what you’re after for your child’s next birthday celebration, we might just be the thing!
We offer 2 different packages- either Forest School inspired or based upon a variety of different themes. There’s something for everyone! Please see our website for more information.
Busy Birds Outdoor Learning sessions are for children aged 4 months up to 6 years old. We are based at Yolk Farm, Boroughbridge and Stockeld Park, Wetherby. Sessions include opportunities for your little busy bird to dig, plant, paint, hunt for bugs, make mud pies plus loads more! There is also a weekly themed story and nature craft.
*We offer discounts on block bookings and additional siblings
*We also host parties at our Yolk Farm site
For more info and bookings:
Our much loved stay and play sessions will return to Toy Library HQ at The Old School in Knaresborough every Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 11.30am.
Sessions will be open to all and will run in a very similar way to our pre-covid play sessions – toys and resources will be set up for children to access while grown-ups can enjoy playing along and socialising with others! The only change that we need to make, for now, is that there will be no snack provided for children. You are very welcome to bring along your own snacks though (but please avoid nuts!)
Drinks will be available for grown ups but please bring your own reusable cup. Cups will not be provided so please don’t forget!!
Toilet and baby change facilities will be open – as always, please take nappies away with you to dispose of off site.
Sessions are £3.50 plus 50p per additional child – we can only accept card payments (we have a snazzy new card machine!), we will no longer be accepting cash.
While face coverings are not compulsory, you are very welcome to wear one!
Parent and Baby Sessions
We are delighted to have been awarded some funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund) which has enabled us to provide sessions exclusively for parents with babies. Sessions will take place on Mondays at The Toy Library and will run from 9.30am – 10.30am. We hope to provide an opportunity for parents to socialise and share experiences plus some sensory exploration for the babies with a selection of our toys available to use. Parents will be served with a drink & biscuits and our staff will be around for chat and information.
There are a few safety precautions to have a read of before attending…
Sanitiser will be available and we will require everyone to use it when entering the session.
Drinks will be served by our team, there will be no access to the kitchen facilities. You will need to bring your own mug or reusable cup for your drink though as we won’t have access to any.
Unfortunately, this session is only open to pre-crawling babies and we can’t accommodate older siblings at this time.
Finally and most importantly, please do not attend if you or anyone in your household has displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days. We ask that you follow relevant Government advice on quarantining before attending.
Please book here.
LinGo Explore – Pre-school outdoor language classes from a trained and experienced language teacher and outdoor professional.
Learn French in your welly boots!
My special language classes are for children from 18 months to 4 years old. There is a weekly theme in each lesson, and I include lots of fun games and outdoor activities as well as songs and stories to engage and inspire. There is hot chocolate and a little snack too.
Each lesson is 45 minutes long and it is £8.50 per child per session. I take a maximum of 6 children per class. The times are as below:
French 1 9.30 -10.15
French 2 10.30 – 11.15
Contact me, Caroline Jackson on 07841 167141 or see my other social media.
A weekly class for 4-7 year olds teaching cricket skills to develop hand eye co-ordination and movement skills. Classes held across the Harrogate district.
didi Rugby has been devised to get young children aged 18 months to 6 years active and to teach them new skills while having fun in a safe environment.
Getting children active at a young age aids their development, improves their co-ordination, speed and balance and gives them more confidence.
A safe environment for children aged 3 – 6 years to have fun and improve their coordination and concentration skills. Soft golf balls, brightly coloured plastic golf clubs and experienced PGA Professionals prove it’s never too early to start playing golf! £5 per child
Every Sunday: 11am or 11.30am
For more information call 01423 871350
Magic Hours are available every weekend. If your little one is itching to get onto 2 wheels be it balancing and or pedaling, now’s your chance! If they are already riding and need to brush up on their skills/got a new bike, then an hours 1:1 tuition is perfect too
More info on website.