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Kindling Forest School

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Our forest school offers sessions outdoors in the woods. Our ethos draws on the Scandinavian belief that nature helps children become engaged, strong and independent in their learning.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Catherine Hutchinson
07522 076489

Where to go

Kindling Forest School
The Pavilion,
Hunter Park
SO21 1QU
Sensory area

Other Details


Age Ranges
3, 4, 5

Local Offer

Local Offer
How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

We're an experienced and knowledgeable team. From the moment you contact us we'll start talking with you about your child. Tell us about yourselves and we'll go from there.

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Strong bonds and close relationships are central to everything at this stage for you and your child. We'll work in partnership with you to support you, whatever your child's individual needs may be.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

We have years of experience and know the early years curriculum inside out. We'll make a plan to help your child learn, a plan you will be part of right from the start. It will have small steps, be based on play and above all be fun!

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

We'll communicate with you about your child's learning in lots of ways. Your child's key person (their special carer in our setting) will take photos, notes and discuss your child's development with you. We value the important experiences your child has at home too. Through sharing a learning journal with you, talking, holding parent workshops and information evenings we'll help you enrich your child's learning at home alongside what we do at forest school.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Forest School is special. It is all about well-being. Our gently-paced sessions out in the woods encourage children to grow in self-confidence and self-esteem. Our high adult/child ratios and forest school training really allow us to focus on children's individual personal and emotional development and their overall well-being.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

We have many years experience linking up with special support if any child needs this at any stage. Our own expertise is in positive behaviour management, particularly (but not only) for boys.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

As we are a new setting registered in October 2014 our two Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) are training for their roles at the moment, however we have worked with special needs children as managers and practitioners over many years and have much experience in this area.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

>Uniquely forest school runs entirely outside and we give all children experiences of the world outdoors throughout the year, come rain come shine.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

We are committed to giving every child access to forest school. That said, we can't change the woods or the weather, but we'll do our upmost to enable your child to participate. Don't be put off from contacting us because of perceived barriers. We can overcome many of these if we work together.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We've got a deep interest in making sure that when you join us or when your child moves on it's a smooth process. We've got structures to help this happen: visits, liaising with new settings, materials, resources and lots of time to talk with and support you.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

At forest school nature gives us almost all we need for learning, and within our small groups practitioners are skilled in giving their time and teaching to each child as needed. If it's required at any stage we know how to apply for funding to make sure your child has any additional resources they need.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

In order to make sure we give you and your child the support you need we'll spend time getting to know you both and engage in on-going conversation with you about what your child needs to flourish. We'll put plans in place to help this happen and move through them together, step by step. At each stage we'll pause to reflect on how things are going, celebrate your child's achievements and decide what to do next.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

If you are still reading this you may be interested in our forest school approach. We are a small, friendly group and we welcome (and in fact expect!) your involvement in whatever way suits you. Families are always welcome to join us in the woods for an ordinary session, or come along to one of our celebration days (such as the Easter Egg Hunt). There are our information evenings on aspects of early years such as boys learning, messy play and how physical development supports writing. Or you might be interested in our short parenting course. If you have a child under 3 you might be interested in coming along to our parent and toddler group which also runs in the woods. There's lots to be involved in at Kindling Forest School.

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