beach school

Let's go to the beach...!

The Bee in the Woods team are excited to offer another chance to connect with local nature and outdoor adventure to our little Bees. Every Tuesday (Portslade) or Thursday (Stanmer), a small group of 8 children will meet with our Beach School leaders to explore their local beach and learn about the changing tides, weather and seasons in a different natural environment.

what to expect

Like Forest School, Beach School gives children the opportunity to develop holistically, build self confidence and self awareness and to explore our local community.

From exploring the beach, making fires to cook on, mark-making in the sand with sticks, bird-watching, tracking animals footprints, pebble-painting, jumping over the waves, building shelters, exploring crabs' habitats, litter-picking, to watching the local wind turbines work and meeting the people who work on the beach and at sea; the beach provides a wealth of learning opportunities.

The beach also provides a wonderful contrast to our usual woody environment and another opportunity to explore the magic of the natural world with awe and wonder!

practical information

drop-off and pick-up

Drop-Off & Pick-Up will either be at Hove Lagoon (Tuesdays) or on Rottingdean Beach (Thursdays from April 2024). The location will be communicated to parents via our kindergarten software. Drop-Off is at 9.30am, Pick-Up is at 3.30pm.

We spend the whole day on the beach; playing, exploring, creating and discovering our local beaches.

group size

There is space for up to 9 children to join the beach school group. Priority goes to our existing Kindergarten children, who can swap an existing day to come, or add it as an additional day.

Families on our Kindergarten waiting list will be offered any spaces not taken up by Kindergarten children.

Qualified teachers and beach school leaders lead the group at a 1:4 ratio. Parent helpers and volunteers are also welcomed!


You can use Early Years Entitlement Funding for up to 5 hours of the Beach School day (see our registration & fees page for more information)

what to bring

Just as we find in the Forest, the key to a happy day outdoors is wearing the right clothes!  

We recommend layers depending on the season, welly boots or snow boots and waterproof suits.  It's important to pack lots of spares - especially trousers and socks!

Please also bring a packed lunch and a named plastic bag for any wet clothes.

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