Summer camp

Holiday Clubs

We run clubs during every Surrey school half term, Tuesday-Thursday 9am-3pm

Aimed at children aged 4-11

£37.50 per child for a day

Discounts are available for block bookings of multiple days and siblings

(We do not accept childcare vouchers at this time)

21st July- 27th August

COVID19

In order for us to keep everyone safe during our sessions, including both children and staff, there will be some measures and restrictions in place at summer cam p this year. 

  • All children and staff will be temperature checked prior to entering. Anyone displaying a high temperature or any other COVID19 related symptoms will not be allowed to participate.  

  • The children will be split into smaller bubble at the beginning of each day and will be ask to remain in this group for the duration of the session (we will take the children's preferences such as friends and siblings into account) .

  • Parents will be asked to remain in the car park when dropping off their children and to follow social distending protocol with other families. 

  • Face coverings- Children are welcome to use these if they wish but it will NOT be a requirement. You may find however, that some of our staff choose to wear masks during more intimate activities, where they are required to have close contact with children for the purpose of tuition.  

  • We will be providing additional hand washing stations for the children and staff access throughout the day.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON BOOKING 

Holiday camp

What happens on the day?

Monday-Thursday mixed age group

The sessions will last up to 6 hours. During this time the group will get a chance to make new friends, explore our beautiful woodland site and take part in optional activities. Our base camp is located within Merrist Wood Collage campus containing 400 acres of private woodland to adventure in!

 

The main focus of a Forest School session is for the children to explore and learn through self lead play. Along side this  we will also have some planned  activities that the children may choose to take part in.

Any planned activities are optional and are always seasonal, this may include:

 seasonal woodland crafts, fire lighting, marshmallow toasting and campfire songs, den building tree climbing wild food foraging and cooking, bush-craft and more!

Our holiday clubs are the perfect way for your child to step outside and enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and caring environment. 

In order to ensure each child has the best possible experience we like to keep the groups relatively small, so there are limited spaces on each day, we recommend booking early to disappointment

 

Its super important to come along prepared to our sessions as we spend the whole day outside in the wood in all weathers. If it rains, the children will learn how to put up a shelter and build a fire to keep warm and dry.

Time Table

Here is a guide to how the day will run

(Wednesday-Friday mixed age group)

8.50-Drop off 

Meet group in car park and walk to woodland site

9.00- Site Introduction

Rules, toilets, boundaries, staff, days activities

9.15- Free play

Children can explore the site, mud kitchen, den building, ice breaker game

10.00- Morning snack time

Children can explore the site, mud kitchen, den building, ice breaker game

10.15- Optional activities

Children broken into smaller groups to do activities on rotation

(all the activities are optional children are given free choice whether or not to take part)

11.30- Walk and explore

The children will be given a choice whether they would like to go for a walk to explore the surrounding woods, this may include foraging or a scavenger hunt

12.00- Lunch time

Children help to set us snack mats and sit down for a picnic style lunch

(we do not have a time restriction with lunch, the can eat at their leisure)

12.20- Quiet reflection time/free play

once the children have finished lunch they can have some quiet time to let their tummy's settle. This may include story time ground art or simply  sitting under a tree to take in the woodland/cloud watching.

12.30-  Optional  activities

Activities re-start and continue on rotation, children that want to just simply explore and play can also do this

13.15- Campfire /cooking

Learn the art o primitive fire lighting, keep warm and sometimes cook a meal or make a hot drink

14.15- Leave no trace

Children are now asked to help put the woodland back to its original state by tidying away all resources, mud kitchen toys, and kit. We explain the importance of respecting the woodland space and leaving it as we found it

14.30- Evaluation of learning

The whole group will come together to re-cap the days learning before going home. Its always important to reflect upon and process the days journey in order to transfer experience and knowledge.

15.00- Home time 

parents/guardians collect children from base camp next to the car par(probably dirty, tired but hungry for more!)

14.00- Afternoon snack time

children can choose anything from lunchboxes if they are feeling hungry as well as a drink.

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