Sustainability

Weekly Forest Playgroup Sessions

"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful!"

- E.E Cummings

sTanmer PLAYGROUPS

The Bee in the Woods Team are preparing for a fun-filled term in Stanmer Park, with Simone & Heidi-Jo hosting Baby Bees on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Wriggly & Catherine hosting our Monday morning sessions, from the magical woodland garden. Grab your wellies, and head out for some togetherness under the trees!

Stanmer Park

The woodland garden at Stanmer Park is an amazing spot for some wild adventures and to feel like we're 'getting away from it all' for the morning.

Our friendly and fun Forest School-based play sessions are for under 5's and their grown-ups. We will be exploring the changing season in the beautiful site using our senses to explore the space, using movement, our voices, sounds, colours and textures that we discover in the woodland garden, and sometimes a story and a camp fire, but always an abundance of natural resources! Hot drinks provided for adults and snacks for little ones.

SESSIONS & BOOKING INFORMATION

We are influenced by the philosophies of Froebel, Reggio Emilia, Te Whakiri and Scandinavian Forest Schools to harness the natural environment, community and the power of play.  We co-construct our curriculum on a much bigger, wilder, more democratic and more adventurous scale.We believe in listening to children and giving them the time and freedom they need and deserve to explore and express themselves. We trust in children's sense of curiosity and capability to construct their own knowledge and contribute to their community.We aim to create a nurturing, safe and caring community which fosters a strong sense of belonging and self worth.Wellbeing is vital to our setting and through taking care of our staff, our families and our children's wellbeing, we aim to build a resilient and supportive community with deep connections to each other and to the natural world.

Mondays - Wriggly & Catherine will be welcoming our Baby Bee families to the woods for more Forest School adventures from 10am-11.30am

Tuesdays & Fridays
- Simone & Heidi-Jo will be welcoming our Baby Bee families to the woods for more Forest School adventures; 10am-11.30am

Advance booking essential as spaces are limited:
*£66.00
for one participating child (1.5 - 5 years) and one adult combined term (6 weeks) ticket - Non-refundable & Non-Transferable.

*£12.00 for one participating child (1.5 - 5 years) and one adult single ticket

*£90.00 for two participating siblings (1.5 - 5 years) and one adult combined term (6 weeks) ticket - Non-refundable & Non-Transferable.

*£17.00 for two participating siblings (1.5 - 5 years) and one adult single ticket

*Baby siblings under 18 months are free.

*In the case of extreme wind or storms, sessions will be cancelled and rescheduled for another day.

*Term-time only, we’ll email you if a session is cancelled due to weather.

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faq

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 encouraged 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 session shall I book?

Baby Bees 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 children 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 3-8-year-olds.  Spaces for 3-year-olds are recommended for children who already attend our kindergarten.

Stanmer Park

Baby Bees runs from the woodland garden in Stanmer Park. The woodland garden at Stanmer Park is an amazing spot for some wild adventures and to feel like we're 'getting away from it all' for the morning.

The Woodland Garden is a shared Forest School space within the Wellbeing Gardens, operated by Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

The garden can be found behind the new One Garden development. Parking is now located in the large Patchway carpark (straight on at the T junction after Stanmer House). If you drive to the left of the carpark and park near the furthest end from the entrance, there is a small lane leading from the carpark directly to the Woodland Garden. There are toilets, baby change and a cafe at the new One Garden Development - a short walk away.

Use the What3Words website for the exact location for the woodland site.

Being a public park, there is the chance of dog poo and rubbish, so please keep your eyes out. Let us know if you spot anything that shouldn't be there and we'd be happy to remove it.  Please take your own rubbish with you when you go.

clothing

We'd like everyone to have a positive experience of Forest School, so it's really important to dress your children according to the weather.

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. Waterproofs 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.

weather

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

Baby Bees
Full refunds can be offered if you need to cancel a 6 week block booking up to one week before the start of term (In case of a refund requested by you, we will have to deduct the payment processing fee). However, refunds are not available for cancelled one-off sessions within a booked course. 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.

food & nuts

We provide a snack and a drink for children (different each week) at our Bee Wild and Baby Bee 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.

sickness

Please do not bring your child to Bee Wild/Baby Bees 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.

medication

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.

Our Facilitators...

Wriggly

Kindergarten Educator

Forest School L3, QTS Primary Education (Early Years). Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

After qualifying as an early years teacher and biologist, Wriggly travelled widely to provide environmental education from Florida, USA to the UK.

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Simone

Baby Bees Playgroup Facilitator

Forest School Leader L3 and Ofsted-registered Childminder. Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

Simone has worked with Lucy at Bee in the Woods since it began, when they started running the playgroups together in 2016.

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Tara

Baby Bees Playgroup Facilitator

Tara is a Forest School Level 2 qualified assistant, soon to be Level 3. Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

Tara has a passion for connecting with our natural world and sensory awareness.

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