Aimed at children over 6 years old, our Home Education Groups are a great opportunity for children to embark upon a programme of exciting forest school activities that develop practical skills, creativity, confidence and teamwork. Children are encouraged to make their own decisions and judgements and work together as part of a group in a relaxed, outdoor environment. Our experienced forest school leaders are on hand to guide children through a variety of activities and challenges but they also empower children to use their own ideas and, of course, give them the space and freedom to play.
Each of our Forest Schools has it’s own beautiful landscape and personality. Here’s what Home Ed looks like at each of our sites:
Our sessions give children the chance to thrive as part of a group in a relaxed environment, embarking upon challenges and games, learning new skills, developing socially and emotionally along the way. We encourage child-led play, allowing them to simply be in the woods with no pressure to fulfil any agenda other than their own. We feel this is as important a part of forest school as any other aspect.
Run by Nick Murphy, Manager of Exmouth Forest School
Children will have opportunities to play team games to encourage co-operation and team spirit, to explore and play in the woodland and make new friendships within their peer group. Children are encouraged to come up with ideas for activities and take it in turns to deliver as leaders in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to develop good listening and communication skills.
Run by Debbie Miller, Manager of Okehampton Forest School
Family sessions (ages 1-6 with adult accompanying): Fridays, 9.30am-12pm.
Thursdays (for 8-13 year olds): full days only (9am-3.30pm).
Fridays (for 6-13 year olds): morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12.30pm-3.30pm) or full day (9am-3.30pm).
Mondays (for 6-13 year olds): morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12.30pm-3.30pm) or full day (9am-3.30pm)
Tuesdays (for 8-13 year olds): full days only (9am-3.30pm).
Wednesdays (for 6-13 year olds): morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12.30pm-3.30pm) or full day (9am-3.30pm)
Autumn Term 2019:
Autumn1: Monday 2nd September – Friday 18th October
Half Term: Monday 21st – Friday 25th October (no sessions this week)
Autumn2: Monday 28th October – Thursday 19th December (please note we are finishing a day early as we have a Staff Development Day).
Spring Term 2020:
Spring 1: Monday 6th January – Friday 14th February
Half Term: Monday 17th – Friday 21st February (no sessions this week)
Spring 2: Monday 24th February – Thursday 26th March (please note we are finishing a day early as we have a Staff Development Day).
Summer Term 2020:
Summer 1: Tuesday 14th April – Friday 22nd May
Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 29th May (no sessions this week)
Summer 2: Monday 1st June – Thursday 23rd July (please note we are finishing a day early as we have a Staff Development Day).
Interested in finding out more about our Home Education Groups? Head over to our FAQ page.
How to book and pay
Email us on email@example.com or fill in our contact form to check what places we have available.
Sessions cost £15 for half day provision and £30 for full day provision. We offer a 10% sibling discount as well as a 10% ‘double day’ discount for those booking onto two days, which is in addition to the sibling discount.
Family group sessions at Exeter (Friday mornings) need to be booked online in advance. Payment is made at the time of booking and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
For information regarding childcare voucher schemes, using your Tax Credits and our Payment Policy please visit our FAQ page