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Mon-Fri 8:30AM - 3:45PM

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Independence

Self-discovery

Raised self-esteem

Lots of Fun

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In Forest School children are inspired in a natural environment through positive experiences, they learn without realising, they take risks and learn to succeed with small achievable tasks enabling them to build in confidence and self-esteem.

So what isForest School?

Forest Schools originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s as a way of teaching children about the natural world. By the 1980s it had become an integral part of the Danish Early Years programme.

Why a forest kindergarten? Our kindergarten is an outdoor alternative to pre-school, a place where the ceiling and floor changes every day! A secure natural space where children can explore and develop their imagination, take risks and build on social and team building skills, confidence and self-esteem. With 20 acres of magical woodland to explore children have the freedom and space to be children, to run and hide, climb and balance. We build dens and light fires and support children in their natural curiosity and hands on understanding of the natural world. We sing, tell stories and cook on the campfire. Every day is different as the environment creates new learning opportunities with its ever changing seasons.

Fun

At My Little Explorers we are all big kids at heart and love to play in the woods, ‘lets go on a bear hunt’ or play hide and seek, “1,2, 3 where are you”. Playing games around the fire circle is a fun way teach children to stay safe by staying outside our circle of logs.

Independence and Resilience

With our child initiated ethos and our encouragement to ‘have a go’ children build in confidence and if things don’t go right first time we are always on hand to praise and encourage. Falling over can become a game, children learn to become resilient, brush themselves down, pick themselves up and have another go.

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Self-esteem and Confidence

We provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children can feel happy and secure, with our encouragement, praise and positive attitude children are keen to face new challenges and feel good about themselves.

Social and communication skills

Children become the risk assessors and are encouraged to team up and problem solve together, pulling the trolley through the woods and negotiating their path or building a pirate ship carrying different lengths of wood together. There are plenty of opportunities for children to use their imagination and communicate ideas and feelings in a variety of ways.

FOREST SCHOOL FAQ'S

My Little Explorers forest kindergarten is open during the term time for children aged between 2 years 9 months to 4 years old. During the holidays, we run activity camps and bushcraft days for children aged from 4 years up.

The current hourly rate is £7.00. Early Years Funding is available for the children who are eligible (first term after their 3rd birthday) and can be split between a second setting.  Please email for a breakdown of our charges.

My Little Explorers is open every day from 8.30 - 3.45 with sessions as follows:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s
8.30am – 9.15am – Early Birds
9.15am – 2.45pm - Forest school nature kindergarten
2.45pm – 3.45pm - Late stay club

Wednesday and Friday’s
8.30am – 9.15am - Early Birds
9.15am – 12.15am - Morning forest school session
12.15 – 12.45pm - Lunch club
12.45 – 3.45pm - Afternoon Forest School session

At My Little Explorers we WILL be going outside, come rain, come shine so it is really important that the children have appropriate clothing. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! Clothes needed include:

  • Change of clothes (full set including extra socks and pants)
  • Full set of waterproofs*
  • Small fleece blanket
  • A nice warm jumper*
  • In summer: Please include sunscreen and sun hat
  • In winter: Please include a warm hat, gloves, scarf and wellies or snow boots
  • Rucksack (if possible small enough for your child to carry, big enough to contain the kit above!)

* My Little Explorer hoodies are available from us for £15. We can recommend a suppler who specialises in waterproofs which we use and are highly recommended. Designed in Scandinavia, these dungaree and jacket sets are great all year round – light and breathable for summer but very waterproof and windproof for winter (they can also be layered underneath with thermals, trousers and jumpers for extra warmth).

 

 

We encourage healthy eating and provide fruit or a healthy option during the day for snack time. If staying for lunch children need to bring their own lunch box and always bring a water bottle which we can top up if necessary. We are often in the woods having lunch around the campfire so finger foods are good, or a nice flask of soup or pasta for those colder days. Soap and water or wet wipes are used for hand washing before eating.

 

We have a lot of Policies and Procedures as you would expect, please just ask if you wish to see or understand any part of our business.

MEET THE TEAM

We are the ‘big children’ with an understanding of early years and a passion for forest school

Sam Victoria

Manager / Founder

Founder of My Little Explorers and big kid at heart! I grew up in Dorset and lived in the countryside where I spent most of my childhood exploring the fields with my brother and sister, climbing trees and playing with sticks in ditches! I am a level 3 Forest School Practitioner and have a Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I am just finishing my Level 3 Beach School qualification and have an Outdoor Paediatric first aid training certificate. I am member of LOtC (Learning outside the classroom) and FSA (Forest School Association). I live in Hursley with my husband and two children, we have three guinea pigs and two working cocker spaniels Kaiser and Kayla who are always with me at forest school.

  • Favourite campfire recipe Pumpkin soup
  • Favourite woodland animal Owl or hedgehog (I can never find either!)
  • Favourite woodland activity It’s got to be exploring!
  • Scariest things Computers
  • Favourite quote “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination” – Albert Einstein
  • Hobby If I’m not on my bike, it’s catching leaves and splashing in puddles
  • Michelle George

    Deputy Manager

    Michelle is my deputy Manager and is full of energy and enthusiasm she is a valuable member of the team. Michelle loves everything about nature and if she isn’t bouncing around in our woods she might be seen out hiking, bird watching or just chilling by the sea. Michelle studied Environment Science at University has a level 3 Playwork and Forest School qualification, she is a member of the FSA and has an outdoor paediatric first aid training certificate. Michelle is also involved in various youth projects and runs our parent toddler group Mini Explorers.

  • Favourite Campfire recipe - An onion hollowed out, filled with stuffing and baked in the ashes! Yum!
  • Favourite Woodland Animal - The woodlouse - cousin of the crab
  • Favourite Woodland Activities - Exploring and looking for minibeasts and climbing trees
  • Scariest Things - You can’t scare me… I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf!
  • Favourite Quote - Play is the highest form of research - Einstein
  • Hobby - Exploring the great outdoors
  • Elisa Sherrell (Lee)

    Admin

    As my little sister I should be looking after Lee – but now she's definitely looking after me and I couldn't be without her!" Lee is Sam's sister and helps with all the Admin and book keeping. Lee also loves being outdoors and is often hands on at our activity camps and loves nothing more than campfire cooking! Lee previously worked part-time as a Teaching Assistant in a First School and has been a School Governor at her son’s school in Dorset. Lee has a Level 2 Teaching Assistant and Safeguarding qualification. She is also CRB checked and trained in Paediatric first aid.

    Sara Fisher

    Early Years Practitioner

    Sara enjoys the outdoors and when she is not in the woods with us she spends a lot of time with her horses, dogs and children who are often seen riding across the New Forest. Before joining us Sara spent 5 years working in a rural pre-school and is a qualified Level 3 early years practitioner.

    • Favourite campfire recipe - Jacket potato with cheesy beans
    • Favourite woodland animal - Squirrel
    • Favourite Woodland Activities - climbing trees
    • Scariest thing - Thunder & lightening
    • Hobby - Horse riding

    Vic Adams

    Early Years Practitioner

    Vic loves being outdoors in all weathers and always has a smile on her face, she is a Mum of two boys and when she’s not running around after them she’s out riding on her horse Benji or taking Rosie her dog for a walk. Vic is a qualified early years practitioner having completed her Level 3 diploma for the early years workforce this year.

  • Favourite Campfire recipe - Pancakes
  • Favourite Woodland Animal - Fox
  • Favourite Woodland Activities - Horse riding
  • Scariest Things - Spiders and heights!
  • Favourite Quote - ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man’
  • Hobby - Horse riding
  • Danny Pezzato

    Early Years Practitioner

    Danny has always loved working outdoors in the natural environment including studying animals, which she did for a while in South Africa as a safari guide. Danny has also worked as a Forest Ranger creating woodland activities for children, she has fitted right in at My Little Explorers and is planning to train as a Level 3 Forest School Practioner.

    • Favourite campfire recipe - Baked potato with cheese
    • Favourite woodland animal - Roe Deer
    • Favourite Woodland Activities - Hide and seek
    • Scariest thing - A desk job and hairy spiders!
    • Favourite quote - 'Lets find somewhere beautiful to get lost'
    • Hobby - Woodland walks and cycling

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