Little Explorers



Our Spring/Summer Term runs from 23rd April 2019 till 26th July 2019.  Please note that due to other work commitments there are a few dates when the club won’t be running.  Please check club dates here

In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to explore and play outdoors

Our Clubs

… 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.

Each week we explore a different topic and link these in with our activities.  Every session starts with a short arts and crafts activity; followed by a fun exploratory walk of the site, which may include: bug hunting, looking for colours in nature or listening for outdoor sounds, etc; then a story; and finish off with a light fruit snack.  We’re always looking for wildlife and love spotting bugs, foxes, birds, newts and frogs.  Our sessions are very 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 and bug pots for those who want to investigate on their own.


Parents and children should be prepared for outdoor play, and wellies are always a good idea if you think it’s going to be muddy.  We have spare waterproofs for the kids if you forget to bring them or don’t have any.

Visit our Facebook page for up to date photos to see what activities we’ve been up to recently.

Our Week

Winter/Spring Term: Our 12 week term will run from Monday 7th till Friday 5th April (we’re closed for half term from 17th -21st February).

Time

Location

Mondays

10-11.30 am

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4

Tuesdays

10.15-11.45 am

Dacres Wood, SE23 2NZ

Wednesdays

10.30-12noon

Beckenham Place Park, BR4

Fridays

10-11.30 am

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4

Our Sites

Frendsbury Gardens (SE4) Mondays and Fridays 10-11.30am & Fridays 1-2.30pm (afternoon sessions run during the summer term only)

Once an overgrown wasteland, Frendsbury Gardens was turned into a beautiful community Garden nearly 10 years ago.  It’s a wonderful space where the children enjoy gardening, exploring and running around together, playing in the mud kitchen, bug hunting and trying to find

the frog that lives in the pond!

Please note that our Friday sessions get very busy in Frendsbury Gardens and we do have to occasionally restrict numbers so we recommend booking a space in advance.

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, (SE23) – Tuesdays 10.15-1145am

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.

Beckenham Place Park (BR3) Wed 10.30-12 noon (Back 5th June 2019!)

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.

We meet at the old Yew next to the squirrel by then sensory garden area of the park, not far from the Mansion.  From there we will go for an exploratory walk through the park.  Click here for directions of how to find us

We’re trialling a booking option to make it easier for parents to book into our Beckenham Place Park club.


How to Pay:

Our sessions only cost £7 per child, and £3 for siblings (or multiples if you’re a childminder) when you pay as you go (PAYG).

We now take card payments as well as cash at the door for all our sessions.  Booking ahead of the sessions are essential but help us to work out how many people to expect for each session, and therefore plan our materials and snacks accordingly, however, we know how difficult it is to plan ahead when you have a little one so we still offer parents the opportunity to do drop ins on the day, if there are spaces.

There are cheaper options than our PAYG.  You can prepay for 6 sessions with one of our prepayment cards which can be purchased using the Paypal button below.  Paying this way offers you a great discount as you get 6 sessions for the price of 5, and allows you the flexibility of attending when you like as you can use it anytime in a 6 month period.

Payment options

Details

Cost

Pay as You Go

Pay per visit

(Please note that the system doesn’t currently allow you to receive a sibling discount when booking online, but just drop us a note and you can pay in cash on the day)

£7 per child

£3 per sibling (or multiples if you’re a childminder)

Prepay Term

You can prepay for a whole term at a cost of only £6 per session.  Please note that there will be only 10 Monday sessions and 11 Tuesday and Friday sessions this term.

By prepaying for a term you are also securing a space for the whole term.

Prepay 6 Sessions

6 sessions for the price of 5.  These don’t have to be used consecutively.  These can be used at any of our sites, so that you can swap and change when and where you join us

£35

Terms and Conditions

Prepay 6 – Must be used within 3 months from date of purchase

Prepay Term – Prepayment in full.  We’re unable to offer those who attend halfway through the term a discount.  The prepaid options are not transferable and can only be used by the child named on the prepayment.