Before my daughter had started walking I had decided that I’d like to send her to Forest School. It sounded perfect for little ones to let kids be kids, get messy and have fun.
"There is no wifi in the Forest but I promise you'll find a better connection" – anon
Somehow the idea got put aside, delayed until another mother said she’d gone to Hill End and thoroughly enjoyed it with her daughter. Following last month’s successful Forest School experience at one of the local children’s centres I decided that we’d go and the experience didn't disappoint.
The centre itself is nestled in the outskirts of Oxfordshire just to the West of the county. I used the sat nav to get there and despite it saying unknown road we arrived with plenty of time to find a car parking space and get acquainted with the beautiful place before her friends arrived. On site you will find a reception area, cafe and wide open spaces to run around in. There’s play areas catering for all children from Nature Tots like my daughter to teenagers who were seen orienteering.
With all new places it took a while before my daughter relaxed. She clung onto the side of the sandpit while her friends built sandcastles with their mums.
With time and encouragement she slowly got involved with all the activities around her. There was a tent to crawl through, a panel for water play, chilling out area complete with bean bags, a swing, muddy kitchen, picnic tables to sit and have your lunch on and a camp fire for story time. With the weather being so lovely it was decided not to light the bonfire but read 'The Fish That Could Wish' round the sand pit.
What have your little ones been up to lately?