Little Explorers


 

 

Our new term starts back on the 19th April for 6 weeks.

In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to play and explorer 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.

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.


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

Time Location
Mondays 9.30-10.30 am 

11.00-12noon 

2-3pm 

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4
Tuesdays 10-11am  Dacres Wood, SE23 2NZ
Fridays 9.30-10.30 am 

11.00-12noon 

2-3pm 

Frendsbury Gardens, SE4

Term Dates

We’re currently running in 6 week half-terms,  rather than full terms.  Our new term starts back on the 19th April and runs till 28th May 2021.

Our Sites

Frendsbury Gardens (SE4) 

Once an overgrown wasteland, Frendsbury Gardens was turned into a beautiful community Garden over 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 spot the frog that lives in the pond!

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, (SE23

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)  (NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING)

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 Book

Our sessions are currently fully booked.  Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to our waiting list.

Currently all session have to be pre-booked, this is to reduce the risk of infection as we’re better able to create safe ‘bubbles’ with the same people attending every week, it also means we don’t handle cash.  Click here to go to the booking website: 

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.

COVID-19

We’re opening up the booking system for 6 week period at a time.  We will be running small groups, following the government’s guidelines.

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.

We have 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.

Shared tools and equipment will be kept to a minimum, with children receiving a little bag with their ‘essentials’ for the session when they arrive.  There are still some things that children could share (such as the mud kitchen pots and pans) but these are to be used if the parent/carers are happy to take on the risk of doing so, and we strongly advise that children should wash their hands after handling them.