Forest School Childminding

Forest School Childminding

Happy Christmas to you all

This year we're pointing our families in the direction of our two chosen causes. Asking, rather than sending cards or wasting paper on wrapping your presents, follow our lead and ditch the wrapping paper/cellophane/ sticky tape, and spend that money on giving a person in need a life line, an experience, instead. Every penny makes a difference to the services on offer.
All donations made through this link will be shared equally with KarynTime and Nature and Nurture Theraputic Services
Hey Victoria I've tried many times the last few weeks to contact you but still no response ๐Ÿ˜?
Is it possible you could reply either via email [email protected] or via here?
Thank you
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Had a lovely forest session in the sun :)

Early years childcare and holiday club for all ages Early Years Childcare and Preschool from Birth +
Forest School Fun Holiday Club and Activities for age 8+

Operating as usual


It's approaching the end of a very unusual year! However we're still enjoying the autumn and are busy making plans for 2021 ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒณโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ˜”๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ‚


Another amazing session, today we explored Brandon Woods and enjoyed discussing which trees were biggest, tallest or oldest. How can we measure how wide the tree is?


In these difficult days we're enjoying making special memories with the children we're still seeing. Stay safe everyone and try to make the most of all the extra time you have together to make those lasting memories.

[03/25/20]   A reminder that we're open for Key Workers ๐Ÿ˜Š


An Ursula and Karyn Production

Hand washing advice Karyn style...

[03/22/20]   Please note we're closed tomorrow unfortunately due to families isolating. Back open on Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜Š

[03/22/20]   A reminder we are open for business for parents who have been identified as Keyworkers


Happy Mother's Day to all our lovely mum's. Thank you for everything you do ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

[03/18/20]   In light of todays Gvt advice re school closures we will be seeking further clarification tomorrow from the DoE and our EY team regarding the possibility of remaining open for our front line key NHS workers and beyond.

Please follow this post for further information ASAP.

[03/16/20]   *COVID-19*

We currently intent to stay OPEN for business, unless we are told we have to close or we receive information regarding illness within setting.

Whilst we remain open for services, we ask that if YOU or anyone in your household are self isolating, you keep your child at HOME with you.

If anyone is confirmed with the virus in the setting, we will contact parents/carers and close immediately and will flow a period of self isolation also.

If any of the team have to self isolate the setting will have to close because of ratios.

So please use common sense in this instance. If you or anyone in your household has been told to isolate, please keep your children away from the setting.

For the time being we are following early years advice based on upto date Government Guidance.

For further information, please refer to the NHS website.

If in doubt, stay home.

Many thanks, Forest School ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ


This pair of booby birds are delighted as they've just heard we've collected over 15 stones worth of bras following our request for bras for charity. Bravo to everyone who contributed!

[03/06/20]   Special moments from this week...


I wanted to share a couple of moments from the end of our week. Contrasting to High Lodge visits, where the emphasis is on both valuable physical experiences and sensory challenges and motivational language, the other side to our work with children in the forest involves a connection to nature, both flora and fauna.

Finding peace in a world full of noise. Here we take the children on a "stumble-trip" walk to a deeper darker spot, (off the beaten track) we listen to the birds, we listen to the sounds around us and inevitably we lay within the trees, breathing the fresh air, but more importantly, we listen to each other. ๐Ÿƒ

Forest School focuses on reflection and we do this with our children as well as one another. ๐Ÿƒ โ™ฅ


Spinning at High Lodge this week!


Photos from this week! Mud, mud... Glorious mud!

[02/21/20]   ๐Ÿƒ What a week we've had weather wise! ๐Ÿƒ The wind blew wild through the our hair and fingers so it's been important for us to keep extra busy in the woods! The less mobile of us kept snuggled up in thick layers, exploring the wood chip piles whilst the less mud resistant children assisted the little ones in digging deep to find the heat from the heart of the heaps ๐Ÿ˜‚ we watched the steam rise and talked about the composting process. The natural leaders came forward to take charge of the digging ๐Ÿธ and sculpture of the new nature pond ๐ŸฆŽ. Upon finding a small sapling growing in the middle ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, a solution was agreed and an island has been created โ˜บ for the little fellow ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿคž ๐ŸŒฑBy the end of the week, the mud was super deep and super sticky. Important to let the land rest for a few days now, so we had a blast at the beach instead. Awesome session beside the seals, a peaceful way to end the week. ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŒŠ
๐ŸŒŸ Thanks for everyones help this week ๐ŸŒŸ we'll keep you posted to ponds progress soon! โ™ฅ

[02/19/20]   A call out to all landowners and tree surgeons!!!

We're landscaping a section of the nursery and could do with some long branches, to create a new tunnel, in particular laurel, but will take anything! Can be delivered to silfield ๐Ÿƒ โ˜บ

07830379520 for more details.

Many thanks!


More photos from our magical week...


Magic Horses

Wow, we've had an enjoyable week! The bus came back from its super long service ๐Ÿš ๐Ÿ™„and we're back on tour again! ๐ŸŽ‰ โ˜€ ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŒŠ

Magical moments when upon arrival at the Forest we had the privilege of meeting some beautiful horses ๐Ÿ‡ and were invited to watch them jumping over the broken down trees ๐Ÿƒ following this the children decided to reinact the story! Lots of climbing, jumping and exploring on our imaginary beasts! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ Fantastic physical and mental workout.

Today, on valentines โ™ฅ we shared our love for one another but especially for Grandad (who we are Soooo happy ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ to have back with us) by visiting the beach, collecting stones, building castles, splashing in the ice cold โ„ ๐Ÿ’ฆ waters and running around in the wind ๐Ÿƒ... Salt Air in our lungs, sand in every part of our clothing, we all returned home suitably exhausted and satisfied.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week for half term holiday club! ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ’ฆ ๐Ÿ› ๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆข๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ„ We're building a Nature Pond! So make sure you wrap up warm and have plenty of waterproofs!! ๐Ÿ‘


A little reminder, that we're collecting old bras for charity...

[01/31/20]   Dear All (But mostly Women!)

๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™

In support of International Womens Day, we are opening as a *Collection Point* for all your Old or New *BRA's* Please...

Anything unused or unwanted.

These bras are being sent to Africa on the 6th March by local Hero, Debs Johnson! โ™ฅ ๐Ÿ˜˜

Did you know that in certain parts of Africa, wearing a Bra is a sign of wealth and can prevent a woman from being raped. Over the last four years our local group have collected over 80 stone worth of Bra donations.

Let's show our support and give what we can please.

๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ‘™ 15/01/2020

Nursery owner 'gets paid more cleaning toilets' Nurseries say they cannot afford to run their services because the government has failed to properly fund its free childcare policy.


We've had an amazing day, we embraced the wind and headed to wide open pastures (following the windy risk assessment). Found a fairy dell, lots of motor skills negotiating the ups and downs and uneven ground, not to mention the brambles and low laying branches... Discovered moss and the children unprompted made a basecamp and played beautifully together.

Wonderful friendships being made, shared experiences being had ๐Ÿ˜

A strip of earth had been ploughed creating a fantastic opportunity to stumble trip and use our cores to balance. Our SEN children certainly benefited from this sensory experience. Karyn aka Wonderwoman is seen here demonstrating her superspins!! What a Gal ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜

We often take out our nursery dog, Frankie, he's a cockapoo and very playful and energetic, he leads the way and the children learn such wonderful skills and develop empathy from having him around. He plays a big part in the therapy work we do too. ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿพ

On return to setting we filled the water tray with a selection of textures and shapes, bubbly lavender smelling hot water, a mish mash of old clothes and the children set to work/play... Spilling, pouring, watering plants, helping each other, role playing. To further extend this we added more tables and kitchen utensils, the children had an amazing time outside and all went home shattered!! ๐Ÿ˜ด ๐Ÿ‘ โœ…


An amazing Party ๐ŸŽ‰ thank you all who had time to join us ๐ŸŽ„
Wishing everyone a very Magical ๐ŸŒŸ Christmas &
Thank you so much for your generous donations on behalf of Karyn and Ryan, these funds will change lives ๐Ÿ˜
We Reopen: 6th January 2020, adventures are awaiting and new memories are calling out to us all, be brave, be kind and try everything once, life's too short to waste โ™ฅ โ™ฅ
With Love, Victoria, Grandad, Karyn, Tracy, Sue, Jade, Maddie And our community of wholesome helpers ๐ŸŒŸ 13/12/2019

The gift of giving

On behalf of Forest School Childminding : This year we're pointing our families in the direction of our two chosen causes. Asking, rather than sending cards or wasting paper on wrapping your presents, follow our lead and ditch the wrapping paper/cellophane/ sticky tape, and spend that money on giving a person in need a life line, an experience, instead. Every penny makes a difference to the services on offer. This year we're pointing our families in the direction of our two chosen causes. The act of giving will support those in need of a life-line


We had the most beautiful atmospheric experience deep within the heart of the forest today... The light shone through the branches in such a timesless manner, even the children were breathtaken...


Photos from Forest School Childminding's post

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside in December!


An amazing day at Scratby Beach today...


Gingerbread cookies and Grandad's special pastie recipe made by little hands today..


Today's verdict ๐Ÿ˜Š


An absolute pleasure to work with everyone this week, a big thank you to both Jade and Maddie for their extra efforts this week, its really lovely to have you with us โ™ฅ ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŽ„ โ˜€

Friday is our last working day of the week and today we've shallow fried sweet treats ๐Ÿ˜‹ on the open fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ

The children got involved in the preparation of stewing the fruit with cinnamon then mixing a GF batter. They spooned out the mixed mince and fruit into GF breaded parcels before dipping in batter and dunking in the oil.

In addition as a comparison, they experimented with filo pastry parcels and tried out some short crust too.

Verdict : Friday perfection! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ‘Œ Wam, crispy, sweet, deliciousness. And well earned after all the many miles walked this morning! Well done team!! ๐Ÿ˜˜


Today's mini chefs in action...

[11/21/19]   Fishy ๐Ÿ  Thursday went down well! Everyone enjoyed being involved in the process. Whilst the weather was once again kind... Albeit very bitterly cold... The organisation could have been better "try harder" I suspect a traditional setting might say ๐Ÿ˜‚ *whisper* "we forgot the lighter/matches for the fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ" ๐Ÿคซ
But hardcore as we are, with a flicker of the remaining 5mm flint n steel and the supply of a small quantity of cotton wool, the fire was started! And it all added to the suspense of the main event! ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿคฃ What a lot of laughing as the flames took hold of the pit!
White fish, mixed into beans and a little bacon alongside a tray of roasted vegetables.
Whilst the mini chefs slaved over the hot stove the adventurers in the group went to plant the remaining garlic in the permaculture beds for winter.

Verdict: the fish, bacon and beans were delicious, however we had to maintain the temperature of the fish and cold meat, which in our proper cold box storage in winter was fine, but the site isn't established enough currently to maintain those standards in the warmer months. The children enjoyed the responsibility of monitoring temperatures and being involved in the fire starting drama and absolutely loved the end result. Not a bean remaining!

We explored the logpiles laid late summer and found a few beasties. Followed by a talk about our plans for the "big tree planting event" next week as part of the climate fight. We have a sweet treat Christmas theme cooking event tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™ˆ


Happy Wednesday everyone!

We have been incredibly lucky with the weather this week so far. Mild and fairly bright ๐Ÿ”† โ˜บ. We've all enjoyed coming home smelling the campfire in our hair too ๐Ÿ”ฅ

So today the children toasted pitta pockets and chose their own fillings, the cinnamon pears have remained a strong favourite as a sweet treat too...

Verdict: empowering the children to make their own choices about food and getting involved in the hands on side of cooking has proved incredibly valuable. The children have discussed likes and dislikes, what they eat at home, what they'd like to try next. Lots of "what if" questions being asked too, what if we added x, y, z?

Having the children prep their own food has definitely encouraged them to be more adventurous in terms of herbs and spices we wouldn't normally try.

Maybe it's the weather but Spice is a top hit!!

(fish tomorrow... ๐Ÿ )


So today we got the children involved in making Bombay potatoes. They baked the potatoes in the morning and scooped out the inners, mixing spices into the shells and refilling, wrapping in foil. One little boy decided to make "handles" with the top of the foil to make them easier to grab and remove from the fire, great idea! Some of the children added a little cheese too!

Verdict: scrummy!!! Could do with some chopped up veg to accompany them too

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An Ursula and Karyn Production
Spinning at High Lodge this week!
Magic Horses



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Tuesday 7am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 7am - 7:30pm
Thursday 7am - 7:30pm
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