Wild Education

Wild EducationWild Education exploring runs Forest School sessions in Barnes, Sheen, Kew and Twickenham, encouraging child-led play and learning in a natural environment. This outdoor learning ethos originated in Scandinavia and is growing in popularity in the UK. It is fun and unhurried, focussing on enjoying and exploring the process, not just the end result. Research shows that children generally learn more effectively in the outdoors, gain in confidence and self-esteem, are more able to concentrate, and show greater consideration to others – and we all know how much children love to be outside as well! Wild Education’s teachers are qualified Forest School practitioners (and DBS-checked), so you can be sure that your kids will get the best out of their sessions.

Wild Education bug huntAt a Wild Education session, the children will have the time and space to play, reconnect with nature, get creative, solve problems, work as a team and have their own adventures – stretching their legs and their imagination, and most of all having a lot of fun. During just one half-term they might be doing things as diverse as making a stick man, painting with mud, bug hunting, making pictures from leaves, building dens and cooking on an outside fire. If your child is still in nappies, you’ll also have the benefit of joining in – it will probably end up being a highlight of your week too! Children can be left on their own if they are comfortable with that and toilet trained.

Wild Education cookingDuring term-time there are regular sessions for pre-schoolers, as well as after-school clubs for older children up to Year 4. The after-school sessions are only available to children of participating schools, so it’s well worth checking to see if your child’s school is one of them. Sessions are booked by the half-term or term (depending on the school or length of the term) and work out at £12/session (1.5hrs long) for pre-schoolers or £15/session (2hrs long) for school-aged children. You are also welcome to a free trial – just email Ellie for details.

During the school holidays there are a whole range of holiday sessions to choose from, and Wild Education also run parties which give children a ‘wild’ adventure they’ll never forget… taking them on a journey involving magic, mystery and mud!

For more information you can email Ellie, or take a look at their website where you can also make bookings. The Barnes sessions take place at Barn Elms and Barnes Common; Sheen sessions take place at Sheen Common; Kew sessions take place at Pensford Field on Pensford Avenue; and Twickenham sessions take place in the woods of Orleans House Gallery, Riverside TW1 3DJ.


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