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Vegetable Picking

Kindergarten

Clearwell, GL16 8LD

Branches Out Forest School Kindergarten offers regular daytime childcare for children aged 2-5

Based in a bell tent on a farm with 17 acres to explore, our daily activities will include tool use, wildlife watching, animal care, bug hunting, tree climbing, puddle splashing, den making, mud painting, music creating, book reading, tasty baking and much much more. I promise there will be no stone left unturned on our path - we love to spend as much time as possible outside exploring our world.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, open during term time and half terms, closed for 1 week at Christmas, 1 week at Easter and 4 weeks at summer for holiday clubs with older children. School pick up's & drop off's at Clearwell Primary to suit your needs. Ad-hoc cover and babysitting are also available in the school holidays.

Working hours 8:30-16:30 (but up for discussion to suit your needs!), costing £60 per day per child including all food, nappies and other consumables. 

For more info, please see FAQs below, email katebowmanopenshaw@gmail.com, or click the button below to get in touch via childcare.co.uk. Thank you!

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FAQ's

A taste of our day at Kindergarten in Clearwell, GL16 8LD

Do you provide food?

Yes, we provide all food and snacks for children. Snacks often include home grown fruit & veggies, oat cakes, rice cakes, breadsticks and homemade fruit & nut bars. Lunches are always home-cooked including risotto's, curries, pasta bakes and other campfire cooked meals.

Can you describe your routine?

We have structured story time and music time each day before lunch, plus optional mindfulness activities each morning. We also have set times for morning and afternoon snack, and lunch. Apart from this, we follow children's play and keep the flow of the sessions up to their interests.  

What's your curriculum like?

We loosely plan activities around the nature calendar of seasonal events (eg World Bee Day), but we follow children's leads with exploring topics. All of our activities link to the EYFS curriculum and we aim to learn through play and exploration.

What activities do you offer?

Each week we offer a number of seasonal activities plus bug hunting, foraging, campfire cooking, tree climbing, stream dipping, arts and crafts, reading, music, tool use, slacklining, mud kitchen, small world play, imaginative play and much more.

What's the cost?

Sessions cost £60 per day, and we ask for a minimum of two days enrolment per week. We are Ofsted registered and signed up to tax free childcare, childcare voucher schemes and the Early Years Universal Entitlement Funding. Support with paying for childcare is explained on the website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

What is your space like?

We have 17 acres of land to explore with horses, chickens, dogs and plenty of wildlife. Theres a gentle stream running through our site. We have a compost loo and bell tent with wood-burning stove, plus an undercover fire pit. We aim to be outside in all weathers, but if high winds pose too much of a risk, we also have an indoor chalet we can retreat to.

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