Additional needs sessions
We run regular additional needs sessions to allow children of all needs and abilities to access Forest School.
Our family days allow the whole family to come to forest school together, we provide a fun, non judgemental environment where children with additional/special needs are accepted, welcomed and encouraged, we will ensure that all members of the family are cared for and try to be as inclusive as possible. Much of our space is accessible by wheelchairs, we will assist where possible to allow as much access as possible.
We can also provide 1:1 care at our holiday clubs.
Yes, you can just turn up but our sessions do get booked up so it’s best to book online before you visit.
Who can come?
- This session is for families with children with additional needs
- Most of the site is suitable for wheelchairs
- Use of all our facilities.
- A drink and a mashmallow for toasting for the children.
There is a basic format to each visit; boundaries, rules and health and safety issues will be reinforced. Many of the main activities will be directed by the young people themselves although the Forest School leader will provide a stimulus and give ideas and direction as required! There is access to everything from the air rifle to archery, from den making to woodcraft! The most important aspect of any visit is to leave with a sense of achievement having gained confidence in new skills!
From an educational point of view we intend to provide an environment that allows attendees to do tasks that they can achieve successfully, often demanding co-operation between young people for example creating seating as many young people will object when asked to sit on the floor, making campfires out of the necessity to eat a good hot meal. They will be encouraged to use new equipment and learn new skills for example using saws & drills, doing square lashings, knots and creating shelters, learning fire lighting skills.
What do you need to bring?
- A snack and drink for any adults – or a donation for our tea station
- Appropriate clothing – waterproofs and wellies recommended