When will the Forest School Club run?
The Forest School Club will initially run on Fridays for a period of 6 weeks, from 26th October to 30th November 2012 (inclusive). Each day, a 2 hour session will be available both in the morning and the afternoon.
Morning: 9.45am – 11.45am
Afternoon: 12.45pm – 2.45pm
It is hoped that further sessions will be available in the future, but these are subject to demand.
Where will it be held?
The Forest School Club will be held in the Children’s Wood at North Kelvin Meadow, North Kelvinside, Glasgow. Enter the Meadow opposite the Scout Hall on Kelbourne Street, and walk to the left to find us. The site will be risk assessed before each session to protect health and safety.
Who is it for?
The Forest School Club is aimed at children aged 3-5 years*, and will offer an outdoor approach to delivering Curriculum for Excellence. As one of the key features of Forest School is a high level of adult supervision, children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. This will allow you to share and support your child’s outdoor learning experiences, as well as develop your own knowledge of the natural world. *Please note that younger siblings are also welcome, but the activities may be unsuitable for them.
How much will it cost?
The sessions on Friday 26th October are free, so you and your child can have a taste of Forest School before you decide to register. If you do decide to register, you will be asked to complete a form and pay for the November sessions. You can save money if you pay in advance, at a cost of £40 for 5 sessions. If you choose to pay on the day, the cost will be £10 per session. Please note that adults and younger siblings can attend each session free of charge. To maximise the benefits for your child, it is recommended that you attend the complete block of sessions.
What else do I need to provide?
All participants must wear clothing that is appropriate for the outdoors. Lots of layers are good for keeping warm, while waterproofs are essential for staying dry. Wellies are the ideal footwear for children, with layers of socks to keep feet cosy. Please bring along a change of clothes for your child (just in case!), as well as a snack and a drink (for you too, if you wish!).
Who will be leading the sessions?
Each session will be delivered by a qualified Forest School Practitioner (Level 3), with a current Outdoor First Aid certificate, PVG Scheme membership (Disclosure Scotland), and appropriate insurance. The Practitioner, Gail Cisman, has around 10 years of experience as a Countryside Ranger, and is also a fully qualified and registered Primary Teacher. You can contact Gail by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries.