What types of activities do you do?
The FRUK team choose weekly themes for the basis of our learning and play.
Some examples of ideas presented are:
- Tool use
- Creating using found objects
- Identification of flora and fauna
- Den & shelter building
- Fire lighting
- Cooking over open fire
- Cooperative games
• Is Free Range Urban Kids OFSTED registered?
Yes our registration number is EY492688. We gained our Ofsted registration in October 2015 and officially opened as a fully outdoors Forest Kindergarten in January 2016.
We recently had our first Ofsted inspection on 7 June 2016. Find out more on our Ofsted page
• How do I apply for a place?
Please complete an enrolment form and return it to the nursery along with £25 administration fee to register your interest in a place in the Forest Kindergarten. We will then confirm whether FRUK can offer childcare for the sessions required. Upon receiving confirmation, settling in sessions will be arranged and all about me and registration forms will need to be completed before the child’s place can be confirmed at the Kindergarten. If there is no availability for your desired sessions you may request to go on our waiting list.
• How long is the waiting list for the Forest Kindergarten?
It is always a good idea to get your child’s name down as quickly as possible, especially if you have specific sessions in mind.
• Are there a minimum number of sessions that my child needs to attend per week?
Children need to attend for a minimum of 3 sessions per week (a session is 1 morning or 1 afternoon) or 1.5 full days. The more time a child spends at Forest School the deeper the learning and benefits to the child.
• When is the Forest Kindergarten open?
Our opening hours are 9.30 am – 3.30 pm Monday to Friday during term time. (39 weeks of the year). We follow Hackney Schools calendar.
• Are your staff all qualified?
Our FRUK team hold Early Years childcare and teaching qualifications and / or Forest School training. Find out more about The FRUK Team.
• What are your adult to children ratios?
3 to 7 years – 1 staff member to every 5 children
Due to the nature of FRUK and the large amount of outdoor space available we always endeavour to operate with more staff than statutory childcare regulations require.
• Do you prepare and cook your own food?
At FRUK we believe in the importance of healthy food and a balanced diet. Therefore most snacks are prepared by us, using organic fruit, herbs and vegetables. Most ingredients where possible will be locally sourced. Our current suppliers include Growing Communities for fruit and vegetables, Suma for dry goods, oils.
Some organic produce, messy play ingredients and stock cupboard essentials also come from Supermarkets. Please follow our blog to learn more about the food we serve and how menus are carefully selected and prepared by us.
Children are required to bring a healthy packed lunch and we can guide you on this.
• How do I know my child will be safe and secure?
All our staff hold an up to date enhanced Criminal Record Bureau now called a DBS, (Disclosure and Barring Service) check before they are allowed to be with the children. In addition, two personal references are taken up prior to starting work with FRUK.
All the equipment at FRUK are of a high quality and regular risk assessments on equipment and procedures are carried out to ensure everything is maintained to the highest standard.
We carry out regular fire/ emergency evacuation drills with the children, so that they become familiar with the routine, and should we have an emergency, we will be able to clear the site quickly and safely.
When you register your child with us you will tell us who is allowed to collect your child and a password system will be put in place for added security. If your child is to be collected by a different person, (relative, friend etc.), staff must be notified at drop off time. We will not release a child to anyone unless we have your permission to do so. Most visitors attend by prior appointment.
Staff hold an up to date First Aid qualification, including specific paediatric and outdoor First Aid.
Upon registering we will ask you of any medical issues you are aware of that will ensure we understand any medical needs your child might have and adjust our practice accordingly.
• What are the Forest Kindergarten fees and when are they payable?
Please see our fee structure. Fees are payable monthly in advance. We ask parents/carers to please pay their invoices by the 1st of each month. We also accept childcare vouchers by prior arrangement.
• What happens when it rains?
We get our waterproofs on and jump in muddy puddles or seek shelter under our tarps and tents. In severe bad weather e.g. high winds and/or thunder storms which would make our site unsafe or other unforeseen circumstances we will continue the session indoors visiting a local library or local museum.
In such cases, FRUK will inform those attending via text message or email as soon as we can.
• How do I contact FRUK if I have any further questions?
You can contact us at email@example.com. We aim to respond to all emails within 2 working days.