£3 – £30

Into the Woods Parent and Toddler Club

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Birchfields Park

Birchfields Road

Manchester

M14 5JU

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Come and join us in the woods for some forest school inspired fun! These sessions are aimed at pre-school children from 0-5 and their parents /carers with the aim of providing a space where families can learn and play in the outdoors together and meet other people in the community.

Structure of the Sessions

Our activities are designed to get families having some outdoor, creative fun together and we encourage free, explorational play during the session. This might include making dens, going on bear hunts, playing hide and seek games, campfire cooking and making simple natural crafts. We structure our sessions with an opening circle usually involving a story or song and an ending circle around the fire where we share a snack. In the middle session we provide activities which you are welcome to take part in but we also give you permission to explore the site and just enjoy the outdoors!

Although we strive to maintain a fun, informal atmosphere where families can relax- we use the Early Years curriculum as the basis of our activities and if you choose to attend on a regular basis (and if you consent) we will send you pictures that help you record your child's learning journey which can be taken to nurseries and schools to help give them a broader picture of your child's individual needs and interests.

About the Site

We are based in a little wooded patch in the middle of Birchfields Park (see map and directions down below). There are no fences surrounding our site and we are based in a public park (though not many people pass our way) so it is essential that you supervise your child. We provide potty facilities but there are no adult toilets on the site. We have access to a toilet in a community centre which is about 5-10 minutes walk away but it might be something you need to prepare for in advance!

What to Wear/Bring

Sessions will take place in all weathers so it is important that you and your child(ren) are dressed in suitable clothing and have spares packed for changes in the weather or in case an emergency change is needed. Appropriate clothing would include;

  • Closed toe outdoor shoes, boots or wellies
  • Longs sleeve t-shirts and covered legs. (The space has brambles and nettles that may scratch or sting)
  • Warm extra layers.
  • Waterproof trousers, and spare dry clothes just in case

Who Can Attend

Our sessions are primarily aimed at under 5s though older siblings are allowed to join us- we leave it to your discretion with regards to the supervision of older children. All children must be accompanied by an adult and we have a maximum ratio of 3 children to 1 adult.

Bad Weather

We go ahead in all weathers so we recommend getting a good set of outdoor clothing as every type of weather offers an opportunity for sensory experience.

Snacks

Tea and coffee is available for parents and juice/a small snack is available for children at the end.

Booking/Cancellations

We recommend booking in advance as spaces fill up quickly! Feel free to just book one session and try us out first to get a feel for what we do.

In the case of extreme weather (thunder storms or high winds) we will cancel the sessions and we will contact you. If you wish to cancel your child’s attendance please let us know as soon as possible as we are expecting high demand and we can offer the place to another family- you can transfer your session to another date via Eventbrite (but let me know if you have any difficulties with this).

Map/Directions

I would recommend parking in the Birch Grove area of the site or on one of the little side streets in that area as it's the quietest part and it's very easy to reach the site from there. From there, enter the middle gate (there are three on this road) and walk straight down the avenue of trees with a large green field to your left. When the field stops you will see a patch of woodland on your left and a little pathway up to it. We are up there!

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