Little Explorers is a Forest School style group for toddlers and preschool children
and their carers. We read stories, sing songs, do nature based
activities, and have plenty of time for free play in the woods.
Monday mornings, 10am-11.30am
Please note there will be no session on 2nd December 2019. The last session of term will be 16th December.
Sessions are drop-in - feel free to join us at any point in the term. Check out our Facebook page page for regular updates and any last minute changes to sessions.
Autumn is my favourite time of year to be out in the forest, watching the leaves change colour, collecting acorns, conkers and other seeds, and enjoying the fresh air. So far this term we have also been celebrating the Gruffalo's 20th birthday by taking a stroll through the deep dark wood, building dens for different characters, and trying out a recipe for gruffalo crumble!
- 21st October HALF TERM: Dragon School!
- 28th October: sparkly spiders and pungent potions
- 4th November: bonfire celebration
- 11th November: leaf lanterns
- 18th November: elves and fairies
- 25th November: Stanley's Stick
- 2nd December: NO SESSION
- 9th December: Stick Man
- 16th December: midwinter celebration and Christmas crafts
Covet Woods, Poverest Park, Orpington.
Poverest Park is a short walk from Orpington town centre. The nearest
bus stop is Perry Hall School (stop P, route 61) and the free car park is
accessed via Footbury Hill Rd, Orpington BR6 0HP.
Our meeting point is the fallen tree on the far
side of the football pitch, opposite the blue football pavilion.
Sessions are charged at £5 per child over 1 year. Younger siblings are welcome to come along free of charge. During the school holidays older siblings are welcome to attend.
Sessions are drop-in, no need to pre book. There are two ways to pay:
- get 6 sessions for the price of 5 with our pre-pay flexicard. Fill out the sign up form to take advantage of this offer and get details of how to pay by bank transfer. You can use your flexicard over any time scale, it doesn't have to be for consecutive sessions. We know that plans can often change at the last minute when little ones are involved!
There is a growing body of research that shows that everyone, young
and old, benefits from contact with nature. It relieves stress, makes
us more mindful, and creates confident, well-rounded young people. We
also believe that it's important to encourage children to respect
nature, so that they will want to protect it for the future. It's also lots of fun!
What facilities are available?
We have access to toilets and handwashing facilities in the football pavilion. Refreshments are provided for children and grown ups.
What will my child need to wear?
Sessions will take place in all weathers (except thunderstorms
and high winds, for safety reasons) so please dress your child (and
yourself!) appropriately. It is wise to layer up. Waterproof jackets
and boots are essential, and waterproof trousers or puddle suits can
be useful even if it is not wet, as children like to sit on the
ground. We strongly recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers in all weathers to avoid scratches and biting insects (it is also often cooler in the woods than it feels outside). If you have any questions about suitable clothing, or would like to find out if we have any second hand kit in your size, please send us an email. Similarly if your child has grown out of their kit and you would like to donate it, we will see that it gets used!
These sessions are for preschool children accompanied by a
parent, grandparent, childminder or other carer. We are in a public
space, and whilst efforts are made to check for hazards, it's
important that you keep your child under supervision at all
times. Please report any hazards found to the session leader. Other people, especially dog walkers, use the area, so please
be mindful of this.
Please respect the site. We have permission to use the woods from Bromley council, but that permission can be withdrawn if they think we are damaging the woodland habitat. Please avoid trampling flowers and pulling leaves and twigs off trees. Please don’t drop any litter.
We look forward to exploring with you!