Wyld Thyngz Forest School Kindergarten
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Give your child the unique opportunity of learning, exploring and playing in woods near St Mellion gently guided by Early Years Teachers and Forest School Leaders. Our base camp is a yurt set in 14 acres of private mixed woodland. You provide your child with suitable clothing and a packed lunch, we provide the rest.
Wyld Thyngz: Learning in the Wyld for a brighter future!
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Sarah Slocombe
- Contact position
- Forest School Leader
- 07581 845455
- Wyld Thyngz Forest School Kindergarten's facebook page
Where to go
- Wyld Woodz
Woodland Nr Trelyn
- PL17 7HN
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £25 Per Half Day ( 5 hours )
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- 10 vacancies
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 3 years years to 7 years years (spaces available: 10)
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Wednesday 9.30 2.30 Thursday 9.30 2.30 Friday 9.30 2.30
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Jayne Butland
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
Our policy of only teaching groups of up to ten children at one time means that there is an extremely high adult to child ratio which allows us to know the children as individuals and understand their needs. Each child is allocated a key worker who records observations and tracks the child's progress in line with EYFS Learning Outcomes.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Before the child starts we send an 'all about me' form to gather as much information about the child. Once at forest school and from our observations we create experiences to enhance the child's development. Our child led environment provides opportunities for us to plan in the moment to enhance all of the children's learning. We use the Famly app, an online programme, to record the children's progress and share it with the parents. We use these observations to make our planning specific to the needs of individual children to ensure they are supported and reaching their full potential. Through this, we have a detailed knowledge of each child so can identify when a child is not reaching the expected level of development, in accordance with the EYFS and Development Matters. If a child needs extra support we will follow the SEND Code of Practice. If we feel a child’s needs are not being met in our setting then we will seek help and advice from outside agencies. We work closely with parents through the whole process.
- Links we have to other agencies
We have links to the Early Years Inclusion team, Health Visitors and Speech and Language Team. We work closely with three other Forest Schools to ensure we are maintaining a high standard and are consistent in our assessments of children.
- How we support children transferring to school
We make contact with the school the children are going to go to and speak to the individual teachers. We always offer the child's new teacher the opportunity to meet a member of our staff and discuss children's progress/needs. If a child has been identified as having SEND, the SENCO and any additional supporting professionals will liaise with the School SENCO to ensure a smooth transition.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
We recently hosted and attended a course on recognising the different characteristics of children on the autistic spectrum. Our designated SENCO attends county SENCO meetings. Our staffs’ professional development is key to the high level of practice that is expected of us. We ensure that regular training is a priority for our staff and we run in-house training to endeavour to keep our practice as up to date as possible and in line with any legislative changes.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
We are an outdoors setting and so children are constantly physically active. We offer healthy snacks, such as fruit and vegetables and encourage children to try healthy foods which they may not have experienced before. We are involved in the Cool Milk scheme, thus offer free milk to children under five. We post on the Famly app to parents with ideas regarding healthy packed lunches and oral hygiene. Due to our location, we are ideally situated to provide children with much needed time in the woods which, as many studies are showing, has positive benefits for physical development, emotional intelligence and general wellbeing.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We have daily dialogues with parents in which we discuss the support we are providing and how they can integrate this into their regular routine.
- Our complaints policy
Complaints will be heard during our daily dialogues with parents, via email or through our regular questionnaires. If a complaint occurs, we attempt to resolve the issue in a swift manner whilst keeping the parent updated. Our full policy is available to parents.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
At present we are not easily accessible as the nature of forest school means that we are immersed in natural woodland with its trip hazards, mud, inclines etc
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have a changing station and compost toilet including hand washing facilities.
- Specialist resources we have
None at present but will access if required.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
Trips are planned according to children's individual needs to be as inclusive as possible.
Last updated: 13/09/2021