We meet at the Woodland Kindergarten HQ in the heart of Pensford village and then the children accompanied by our staff make the short walk to the hidden valley and woodland and return to the Kindergarten HQ at the end of the day for collection.
The walk is incorporated within the day, which also adds to the countless daily adventures at the Woodland Kindergarten — the walk is across open fields with plenty of wildlife to meet along the way.
Our Ofsted registration number is RP546386.
Here at The Woodland Kindergarten, we are passionate about the outdoors and believe that the woodland environment provides an excellent opportunity for children to blossom and experience nature in a new and exciting way.
Inspiring children to learn and develop through self-directed play and exploration, The Woodland Kindergarten children are viewed as equal, unique, valuable and competent to explore and discover.
We aim to foster resilient, confident, independent and creative learners by nurturing through nature.
Opening Times & Fees
The Woodland Kindergarten is open for 50 weeks of the year (only closing for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period) and in all weathers.
The core hours are between 9:00am - 3:00pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
You can choose for your chid to attend for one day, two, or all three days. We charge £5 per hour, per child, for our core hours and the minimum payment required is for six hours per day.
We accept Government funded hours and childcare vouchers. If you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact us.
The main camp at The Woodland Kindergarten is complete with seating, tables, a small conservation cabin, cooking stations, composting and camping style toilets and hand washing facilities.
We have suitable shelter systems in place and a large bell tent for bad weather. This also provides children with an alternative play space to explore at their own choice.
Warm running water and fresh drinking water is available at all times.
We encourage outdoor play in all weather, however, we also have access to a classroom at Pensford Primary School if the weather is extreme.
What is Forest School?
Forest School aims to build a child's self esteem and independence through nature based activities, in all weathers. In this natural environment, children learn boundaries and are given the freedom to explore. The class sizes are small and children are encouraged to not just rely on adult interaction, but to become more responsible for themselves and others.
Children are encouraged to take supported risks that are appropriate for their age and the environment and they are taught how to use full size adult tools, which encourages them to act in a responsible, sensible and mature way.
Our Woodland Kindergarten staff thrive on providing plenty of opportunities and encouragement for children to learn through play and exploration — that's what forest school is all about.
For more information about the Forest School approach visit The FSA website.