FRUK offer a unique ‘Stay Outdoors’ Playgroup during term-time in our Forest School site within the enclosed corner of South Millfields Park for little ones looking to join the Forest Kindergarten once they are old enough. Children can explore and familiarise themselves with our FRUK wild space, the Forest School ethos and our seasonal rhythm with their parents & carers by their side.
Our sessions are led by experienced Forest School & Early Years practitioners whom are part of the established FRUK team. They are suitable for children between 2 and up to 3 years of age. Younger siblings, 0-2 yrs of age are welcome to join them, but the booking will be made primarily for the older child.
Our Forest Kindergarten children vacate the site to go roaming in the nearby green spaces, allowing the Nature Club children to enjoy all the wonderful experiences our Forest School site has to offer. All resources we provide for the Forest Kindergarten group are made available to the littler ones at the Nature Club, including our rope swing, wormery, book corner, mud kitchen, mark making materials and musical instruments.
Spring 2018 Term Fridays only. (10am – noon). – Starts Friday 23 February 2018
Prices: £10 per session for an adult and child aged 2-3, plus an additional £2 per younger sibling 0-2 attending.
The group is a great introduction to the Forest Kindergarten and a chance for your child to become familiar with the day to day life of an outdoor setting.We follow the rhythm of the seasons and sessions will be tailored to the time of year.
- mini-beast adventures including wormery and bug hotel
- cooking over a camp fire
- foraging and exploring the wider area
- arts & crafts eg. collecting nettles for nettle cards; making mini mosaic; making jewellery from elder branches
- songs and story telling
- making musical instruments / making music
- learning about the local flora and fauna
- lots of fun outdoor activities and opportunities for child led free play
Please see our FAQs for further information.
We follow the Hackney School Calendar and are open during term time only. The Nature Club will close in school holidays including bank holidays.
Spring Term starts Friday 23 February 2018.
Last Day Friday 23 March 2018
FRUK Nature Club Closed over Easter Friday 30 March 2018 – Friday 13 April (inclusive)
Summer Terms starts Friday 20 April 2018
Half Term FRUK Nature Club Closed Friday 1 June 2018
Last Day Friday 20 July 2018
Drinks & Snacks
At FRUK we believe in healthy eating as an integral part of the Forest School experience. We kindly ask you to bring some fruit or other healthy snack to share, ideally organic. We generally serve vegan and take into consideration any dietary requirements the children may have e.g. gluten & nut free.We will also provide some healthy seasonal snacks to add to the offering. See our Food Policy for further details.