The Woodlanders

A place for play and self-regulation skills at
Exmouth Forest School 

The Woodlanders Forest School is for children (age 6-13) who have some lagging gaps in social and emotional skills and would benefit from calm time in the woods in a small group to boost their self-esteem and confidence.

We know that children develop their play skills at different rates, some may have Autism or other learning differences (sometimes called Neuro-diversity) requiring a slightly more tailored approach to forest school. Being part of a large established group may present anxieties that make our standard group unsuitable. 

Our Forest Schools aim to reduce social and emotional pressures, support growing independence and confidence, and provide a place to thrive.

We expect that sharing the woods with other children is accessible to all, enjoying outdoor play and learning and benefiting from a therapeutic environment that;

  • recognises and reduces sensory challenges
  • understands and caters for autism and other neurodiversity, who can struggle with friendship skills
  • a place that reduces demands for easily frustrated or inflexible children.

With this in mind we are pleased to be offering a new group called The Woodlanders at Exmouth Forest School. 

This group has a focus on play and self-regulation skills together we’ll;

  • Discover about forest animals, trees and other living things and tell their stories.
  • Play and learn new games in the woods. 
  • Spend time in hammocks and find out things that help us be in a good place to be.
  • Lots of fun and more fun.

The Woodlanders will be small group of young people who like it when the woods are a calm and safe.  There will be maximum of 12 children. This small group will allow the staff to gain a better insight and understanding of the individual and provide a setting in which they are more able to thrive.

Cost & How to Book 

Half Days: Over the Winter period the group will run on Mondays 9.30am-12.00am  – £20 per place.

We do accept childcare vouchers. If your child has an EHCP, you can request Devon County Council to fund the session.

For a ‘one off’ taster visit or termly booking please contact hello@outdoorsgroup.co.uk

If for any reason the children find accessing this site a struggle, we can signpost you to other available services.


Exmouth Forest School


The group is led by 2 highly skilled and experienced Forest School Leaders; 

Seamo Teare
Inclusion Lead

Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group.

Neil Martin
Forest School Leader and Outdoor Educator

Neil is a qualified Forest School leader and has completed a foundation in outdoor education. Neil is a fully qualified joker. He uses his humour and imagination, through storytelling, poetry, playing games, craft and nature connection activities. Neil brings his humour and passion, for learning in the woods to the Outdoors group and jointly runs The Woodlanders group with Seamo.

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