The Dream Wild Forest School sessions empower children and young people by encouraging child-led learning through outdoor play and exploration. Our aim is for our participants to develop self confidence, resilience, communication, social interaction, speaking and listening, concentration and creative thinking skills whilst encouraging an empathy with nature.

Forest School also improves fine and gross motor skills, encourages independence and explores the awareness of risk taking, as well as improving a young persons’s knowledge of the natural environment. 

Activities include:

  • Nature Trails

  • Arts & Crafts using natural materials

  • Woodland Games

  • Den building

  • Woodcrafts

  • Knowledge of Trees and Nature

  • Pioneering

  • Primitive Skills tools & fires

  • Team Building Activities

  • Fire Safety and Cooking Over a Fire

Forest School aims to get children and young people to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather and make the most of what nature has to offer. Even on a cold winter’s day, Forest School sessions can run, making the most of the season.

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Outdoor learners are taught safe techniques for using woodland tools, such as loppers and bow saws. They are often used in pairs, encouraging communication, co-operation and respect. They are also taught how to have a safe and responsible attitude towards fire, which is slowly introduced over the course of the sessions, building up to cooking a meal.

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The DREAM WILD Forest School

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Holiday Club & After-school Club

We cater for children aged 4 -11 years to join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the school holidays. We offer a school hours day (9am-3pm) or a whole day (8am-6pm).  We also offer an after-school club on Thursdays from 3.45- 5.15pm during term time. 

Holiday Club Prices: 

One off school hours day  = £30

One off whole day = £35

Regular booking (3 days in a week) = 10% discount 

After School Club Prices = 

£15 per hour and a half session. 

School Outreach

School Class Days

We work with schools to create a tailored programme to suit their needs.

 

Our Forest School Leader leads on the class days of classes up to 30 pupils alongside the class teacher and/or teaching assistant. We can also provide another experienced staff member at an additional cost. 

 

School Class Day Prices: 

One off school class day: £400

One off school class half a day: £200

Regular booking school class day: £300

Regular booking school class half a day: £150

Local Offer

Alternative Provision/ SEMH 

We also deliver our Forest School sessions as an alternative provision offer. We work with local schools, PRU units, EOTAS and the borough to embed forest school sessions into young people's education plans.

 

This service caters for children and young people who have social, emotional and mental health needs,no longer attend mainstream school, are at risk of exclusion, are struggling to access their school curriculum or may be are at risk of falling into the NEET category. For this our ratios are on a 2:4 (two adults to four children/ young people). 

Forest School Services We Deliver 

Meet the Outdoor Team

We have three wonderful outdoor learning practitioners working within our Forest School Provision. 

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Hi , I'm Clare and I am currently completing my Level 3 Forest School Leader Training. I have previously gained Level 2 qualifications in Children and Young People's Workforce, Counselling Skills and Working with Autism. I lead on the class days during term-time and I'm usually found starting fires and other Forest-school specific activities on Thursdays at the Holiday Club and Thursday Evening Club. 

My favourite quote is: There is no wifi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection.

Hello there, I'm Tom and I am the Curriculum Manager and DSL Deputy for STC and during the holidays I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead. I work alongside Clare during term time to engage pupils with SEMH needs on a 2: 4 ratio in the woods. I also work at the holiday club all year round unless I'm on annual leave.

 

I have lots of training including my Level 3 in Children and Young People's Workforce and also a PCE in Life Long Learning. I have also had experience in horticulture and agriculture from previously working at Lackham College on the farm and at lambing events. 

Hi everyone, I'm Ines. I work as as Bank Staff member for STC so they get me in for the hours they need me. Last year I ran the Dream Big Holiday Club so I'm super excited to see what the Dream Wild Holiday Club will look like this year with a brand new beautiful site. I will probably be working on Tuesday and Wednesdays with Tom and can't wait to get stuck into lots of outdoor learning activities with the children. 

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All of our outdoor team staff have enhanced DBS checks, have completed Child Protection Training to Level 2, Food Hygiene to Level 2 and have current Paediatric First Aid qualifications. 

Stanton Country Park, 

The Avenue,

Stanton Fitzwarren,

Swindon SN6 7SF

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