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
Our newest forest school site at the Tiverton Adventure Playground opened in April 2018. Our sessions allow children and young people the freedom to explore and socialise in the great outdoors whilst also providing exciting and challenging Forest School and Bushcraft-based learning opportunities for them to get their teeth into!
Run by Annie Milverton, Manager of Tiverton 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)
Family sessions (all ages with adult accompanying): Tuesdays, 9am-12pm.
Tuesdays (for 6-13 year olds): morning (9am-12pm), afternoon (12.30-3pm) or full day (9am-3pm).
Spring Term 2019:
Spring 1: Monday 7th January – Friday 15th February
Half Term: Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February (no sessions this week)
Spring 2: Monday 25th February – Thursday 4th April (please note we are finishing a day early as we have a Staff Development Day).
Summer Term 2019:
Summer 1: Tuesday 22nd April – Friday 24th May
Half Term: Monday 27th – Friday 31st May (no sessions this week)
Summer 2: Monday 3rd June – Thursday 25th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) and Tiverton (Tuesday 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