At the Wilderness Grove our qualified and experienced team support children to access learning providing 1:1 supported Forest School.
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.
For parents wondering where to send their children, or decision makers such as Local Authorities and Academies, it is important to know that a provider is operating professionally.
Are they working in accordance with good Forest School practice?
Are the sessions conducted so that the children’s self-confidence, communication skills, use of tools (among other skills), is progressing week on week?
Do they have the appropriate qualifications, First Aid Certificate and risk assessment processes in place?
Are the woodland sites well managed?
The FSA Recognised Forest School Provider Scheme offers that reassurance!
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.
In order to commission a place, please complete the referral document below.
We match our 1:1 staff with the needs of the children.
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 i.e. EHCP's.
When all documents have been signed and a pre-placement visit has happened, we are ready to begin a young person's Forest School journey.
Attendance at meetings can be requested.
Unlike other alternative provisions our Forest School gives children the opportunity to socialise and play with their peers supported 1:1 to build social skills vital for holistic development.
A full day of a bespoke Forest School package tailored to the needs of individual young people starts at a cost of £300 a day
Days and times to be agreed at referral
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.