Risky Play/ Insurance
Bee in the Woods holds full Public Liability Insurance.
Please be aware that the nature of forest school means that risks are present. Children are encourage to think about risk and develop their own understanding of safety. Activities take place over rough natural ground and natural hazards are present. Although we take every precaution to ensure safe play, accidents may occur. The staff are all First Aid Trained, DBS checked and we risk assess our site and put boundaries in place to ensure a safe experience for the children. Be prepared that your child will probably come home muddy but they will have had a great day!
Which sessions suit which ages?
Baby Bee's is a lovely woodland playgroup aimed at nurturing the mums, dads and carers as well as the tots who join us. The group is ideal for children aged 2.5-5 years old. However, we do have younger and know that every child is different, so if your child is 16 months and you are itching to get out of the house, we recommend booking a single session ticket and seeing how you get on.
Bee Together Family Sessions are open to everyone young or old. We run a mixture of activities, some lead, but mostly self directed. We only charge for the children - adults come free.
Bee Wild Holiday Club is open to 7-12 year olds. This is a suggested age range, so if a younger siblings would really like to come, please let us know and we will see what we can do.
It is really important it is to dress your children according to the weather, so they can have a positive experience at forest school. We reserve the right to refuse entry and no refund will be granted if your child is not dressed appropriately for an outdoor session.
In the winter months the children need to be in layers of warm clothes, waterproof trousers and coats and snow boots or outdoor walking boots. Wellington boots can get very cold in the winter months, so please invest in warm socks or snow boots. (We love Wet Wednesdays. Or Mountain Warehouse often have good deals). Name their hats, scarves and gloves. Water proofs are recommended during the winter months, even if has not been raining as they enable the children to play in the mud freely - and you don't have to worry about the washing!
In the summer months the children need to wear protective footwear (no open toe sandals or crocs) and a summer hat. Long trousers are ideal out in the woods to prevent stings. Please also apply insect repellent and sun cream lotion to your child before the session starts. We will ask the children to apply suncream themselves during our Bee Wild clubs. If they have a specific suncream they need to use, please make sure it is packed for them on the Bee Wild day.
We try to go ahead in most weather conditions and have a shelter/tarps that we use if it's rainy. However horizontal rain is never fun and for safety reasons we are obliged to cancel if winds of 30mph or above are forecast. This is often a tough call and a decision we don't take lightly, but yours and your child's safety is always our first thought. If high winds are forecast we will do our best to contact you via text or email to let you know of the cancellation on the morning of the session.
In the event of adverse weather, we will offer alternative dates for those booked on. If an alternative date cannot be agreed on, a full refund will be offered.
Refunds & Cancellations
Full refunds can be offered if you need to cancel a 6 week block booking up to one week before the start of term. However refunds are not available for cancelled one off sessions.
We will offer a refund if Bee in the Woods have to cancel a session due to staff sickness. We are not able to offer a refund if your child cannot attend, however subject to availability we will try to offer an alternative session.
We provide a snack and a drink for children (different each week) during at our Bee Wild and Baby Bee Wild clubs. There is also tea/coffee available for adults. Please let us know if your child has any special dietary requirements/allergies on booking and we will do our best to accommodate them.
We have a NO nut policy so please do not allow your children to bring ANY foods containing nuts.
Please do not bring your child to Bee Wild/Baby Bee Wild if he/she has been sick or has had diarrhoea within the previous 48 hours. We wish your child a speedy recovery and we will happily offer another session at a later date. If your child has either of the symptoms whilst at Bee Wild forest school, we will call you so you can collect your child.
Our staff are not authorised to give any medication to your child / children however we are able to assist with epipens and inhalers. Please advise the Forest School leader about the use of inhalers or epipens and make sure the booking forms have all the details we require.