In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to play and explorer outdoors
Our term will run from Monday 8th November till Friday 18th December 2021.
… are a fun way to introduce children to the joys of playing and exploring in nature. Our sessions take place in various locations across South East London, including a hidden nature reserve and a secret wildlife garden.
We’re very passionate about encouraging children to spend outdoors, learning through play by exploring their natural world. Each week we explore a different topic and link these in with our activities. Our sessions start with an arts and crafts activity; and finishes with a story; followed by a light fruit snack, with lots of free play in between.. We’re always looking for wildlife, bug hunting for worms, beetles and snails; listening for birds and looking for signs of the animals we share our spaces with. Our sessions are informal, and we like the kids to explore at their own pace, which is why we have mud kitchens and trowels for digging, spotter sheets, books and bug pots for those who want to investigate on their own.
Visit our Facebook page for up to date photos to see what activities we’ve been up to recently.
1st New Cross Scout Hut, 25 Breakspears Rd, Tack Mews, London SE4 1XW
A lovely new site for us to explore. There’s a little woodland for us to explore, a mud kitchen, trucks to carry mud around the site, and lots of areas for bug hunting. There’s a scout hut to hide in if it’s raining, and a kitchen for hot drinks for parents, and an added bonus of a fire pit for the odd club campfire .
Dacres Wood is a magnificent hidden nature reserve in Forest Hill. It has a small woodland area, with a wonderful variety of trees and flowers, a small open meadow and a huge pond teaming with wildlife. It’s a great space to spot different birds, amphibians, bugs and, if you’re lucky, a family of foxes.
Here we can pond dip, hide in the huge holes in the trees, spot different birds, roll around in the meadow and run around enjoying being outdoors. There’s also a heated building on site with a toilet and classrooms for our crafting if it’s raining outside.
One of our favourite parks in London, Beckenham Place Park is a really special green space, with lots of magical spots to enjoy. A major redevelopment of the park started in spring 2019, creating a new swimming lake, a playground, and restoring the old stable block, along with replanting parts of the woods.
This term we’ll be well hidden in our secret base camp in the woods. Our sessions will start here and will include a walk through the woods where we can go exploring, so this particular site is better suited to confident walkers. When heavy rain is forecast we’ll be able to use the cottage located near the playground for part of the session (story and craft).
Our term time week looks like:
What to Bring
We run in all weather, as long as it’s safe to, so please make sure both you and your child are dressed appropriately. Wellies are great for rainy play and mud suits are worth investing in as it means the children can enjoy their time in the rain.
We’re not currently providing snacks or drinks but you’re very welcome to bring your own.
To help everyone stay safe we’re implementing the following:
- asking people to book for a term at a time so that we can create safe ‘bubbles’ with the same people visiting every week. We will be running small groups, following the government’s guidelines.
- handwashing facilities are available at the entrance for everyone to wash and disinfect their hands when they arrive and before they leave the site. We advise parents that they should also wash their hands regularly during the session.
- reducing the amount of tools and equipment available to share
- providing individual ‘explorer’s bags’ for each child at the beginning of each season with magnifying glasses, spotter/activity sheets and materials for craft activity
If we have to cancel due to COVID-19, for instance if we go into a local lockdown, then we will be unable to offer you a refund but will instead offer a credit for future sessions. We are unable to offer you a refund if you or your child fall ill and are unable to attend.