At the Wilderness Grove our qualified and experienced team support children to access learning.
Wellbeing is the foundation of our practice and through recognising the social, emotional and physical needs of participants we provide the guidance and facilitation for time in nature.
The Wilderness Grove Forest School in September 2020 by Cate Regi and Tom Wild who worked for many years with children in need of alternative provision, SEN school settings both primary and Secondary and in the farming and environmental industries.
Trauma informed practice is at the heart of what we do.
We do not have fixed outcomes for the children who attend as the learning is child led and individualised.
We plan each session and reflect on these; all activities are offered and ultimately the child chooses their learning direction facilitated by the Forest School leader.
Some of the skills children may choose to work on.
Imagination and creativity, focus, curiosity, fine and gross motor skills, nature connection, empathy, communication skills, identification, memory, language, distance, scale and location, sustainability, self-regulation, self-esteem, woodland management, making connections, deduction and reasoning, confidence, patience, safety, tool use, risk, determination, listening skills, problem solving and responsibility.
Once a placement has been agreed by all parties a Service Level agreement is sent to commissioning parties along with additional information requests and personal risk assessment templates and we ask for copies of relevant documents.
Once all documents have been signed and a pre-placement visit has happened, we are ready to begin a young person's Forest School journey.
Unlike many other alternative provisions our Forest School gives children the opportunity to socialise and play with their peers supported to build social skills vital for holistic development.
Our Forest School Alternative Provision Group meets on Mondays 10-3pm.
With high staffing levels we aim for a minimum ratio of 1 adult:2 children with no more than 6 children in the group.
£180 per child per day
In order to commission a place, please complete the referral document below. Places are limited.
Please contact us to discuss individual needs and how we can help.
To refer a young person to our service please complete the attached form and email us.
The information below is essential reading and we ask that referring parties read the documents before making a referral.