Tots Forest School Summer 1

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Location address: Portsmouth, PO3 5LD
Chosen age group:

Ages: children 1 - 5 · adults 18+ years

Available tickets:
Child with Free Adult £54Sibling and free adult £51Child Taster with Adult £10 per session +1 more
Next date: Wednesday 22nd May,
A summary
Tots Forest School sessions are for parents with children who are pre-school. The sessions aim to bring together parents and their children for fun activities in the Forest. They are great for meeting other parents, making new friends and they provide a rich and varied environment which contributes to your child's sensory and cognitive development. The group runs weekly in term time on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 11.30am. Drinks provided including tea, coffee, hot chocolate or squash. There will be stories, songs, a main activity and a campfire with a snack. Shelters put up if it’s raining.
About your mentors
Forest School Leader and Founder.
My passion to become a Forest School Leader was ignited through my work in horticulture with young adults with learning disabilities. Once introduced to the Forest School concept I was immediately drawn to the ethos that puts the individual firmly at the centre of the process and the benefits that this brings. Led by my passion and determination I qualified as a Forest School Leader in 2018 and have run groups at Hilsea Lines since then. In 2021 I co-founded Portsmouth Forest School CIC with my partner Alison. Our mission is to get people of all ages outside enjoying the natural world and observing the flora and fauna on their doorstep. I decided to become a social enterprise because I want everybody to enjoy the benefits that nature can offer. Children these days don’t spend as much time outdoors with the freedom to roam that I had as a child. Through my Forest School sessions I want to rectify this and encourage children to get outdoors and experience the joys of the natural world around them. I want to improve their health, promote their happiness, and help them learn new skills. I want to see them gain in confidence, become independent, enjoy a sense of achievement, and gain the ability to become more resilient. However, Forest School and being in the outdoors doesn’t just benefit children, it benefits everybody. Now that I’ve started my Forest School CIC, I’m looking to recruit adults, children and their families who share these goals and want to learn, grow, and develop with me, whilst enjoying the great outdoors. To develop my Forest School skills and knowledge, alongside running Portsmouth Forest School, I worked part time as a Deputy Director at Chichester Forest School and Itchen Valley Country Park delivering Outdoor Learning and Forest School to children and young people of all ages. I also have a 20-year history working in social care with a variety of client groups with additional needs. I am a member of the Forest School Association and attend regular training events and skill sharing events for my personal professional development. I am Qualified in Outdoor First Aid and have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Forest School Assistant and Founder
I was introduced to Forest School by my partner, Sharon, when she started working in this field. Initially I would help her set up for her sessions. My role gradually grew as I started to help out at the sessions as well as working behind the scenes with the admin. In 2021 Sharon and I started Portsmouth Forest School CIC. One of our aims is to help people of all ages access and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors. The more I got involved with the business, the more I saw firsthand people benefited from the sessions, and this spiked my curiosity to learn more. I embarked on my Forest School training which I completed in 2023 and have not looked back. I have a history of working in the Health and Social Care Sector and worked in the health sector as a qualified nurse so have a lot of experience working with people who have additional support needs. Currently, alongside working at Portsmouth Forest School, I am also a massage therapist and a Somatics Movement Teacher which I practice part time..
Learning aims
Aim 1
You and your child can discover nature together.
Aim 2
Learn how to make things using natural materials.
Aim 3
Learn how to make things to cook on the campfire.
Pricing information
Ticket nameChild with Free Adult
InformationThis is for a block of 6 sessions
Ticket nameSibling and free adult
InformationOnly applicable if a full paying sibling is attending as well
Ticket nameChild Taster with Adult
InformationYour child has never done forest school sessions with Portsmouth Forest School CIC. With Free Adult.
Ticket nameChild Single with Adult.
InformationYour child has previously done sessions before but you cannot commit to the block. With Free Adult.
Where we'll be
Hilsea Lines, Top of Peronne Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5LD
Enhanced DBS
Risk Assessment
Public Liability Insurance
Safeguarding Training
First Aid Training
First Aid Kit

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Cancellation Policy
Free bookings do not require refunds but as places are limited, please cancel if you cannot attend so that your place can be offered to someone else.Block bookings - No refunds are given if you're unable to make a session within the block. Exception to this is only in the event of the session being cancelled by the mentor due to bad weather or illness. In this case the option will be given to transfer to another date or receive a full refund for that session. Single/Taster sessions/Woodland Play Days - No refunds given if cancelled within 48hours of the session date. Sessions cannot be rescheduled if within 48 hours of session date. Exception to this is only in the event of the session being cancelled by the mentor due to bad weather or illness. In this case the option will be given to transfer to another date or receive a full refund. Birthday Parties - See separate Terms and Conditions when booking a party.

My experience consists of a leisure activity, on a specific date(s), and therefore the 14-day ‘cooling off period’ under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 does not apply.