Our Forest Pre-Schools & Nursery

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Hinton Pre-School 

The Forest Pre-School at Hinton is our original and most established setting.  It has been operating from Badger Wood (the Reading Room) since September 2012 and achieved a Good grade in its first Ofsted inspection.

Based in 1.5 acres of private woodland we have created special areas to encourage the children to develop physically, socially and emotionally.  Across the woodland we have our fire circle, climbing log, mud pit, stream, wild wood, Bell tent, mud kitchen and tool area.  The children have the opportunity to play and explore across the whole woodland and we support them to build and explore their own play and ideas.  We also plan specific Forest School activities so the children can experience fire lighting, cooking on campfires and tool work including bow saws and bush craft knives.  A short walk across the farmers field bring us to the Big wood, a 9 acres untouched woodland, which we often visit to collect natural resources and for a picnic.

Our large Emperor tent provides us with a break from the weather or a quiet time.  Decked out with rugs, blankets and cushions the children can come in here for stories, singing and puzzles.  We also us the woodburner during the winter months to cook up tasty treats for snack such as popcorn and crumpets.

The Pre-School is open on:

Monday           09.00 – 15.00

Tuesday           09.00 – 15.00

Wednesday     09.00 – 15.00

Thursday         09.00 – 15.00

Friday              09.00 – 12.00

There are several sessions to choose from, these include:

Full Day session                       09.00 – 15.00

Morning session                      09.00 – 12.00

Morning & Lunch Club            09.00 – 13.00

Afternoon session                   13.00 – 15.00

(You can choose between Half days and Full days.)

The Pre-School can take up to 24 children each session from 2 years 6 months. We are registered with as an EYE provider so you can use part or all of your free 15/30 hour entitlement with us.

Wrap around care

If you are looking for longer days then we have a limited number of spaces available for Wrap around care.  You can choose from an Early drop off 8.00 – 9.00 or a Late pick up 3.00 – 4.30 (only available Mon to Thurs). Please contact us for the latest prices.

Read our “Good” Ofsted Report here
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Hinton The Forest Nursery 

The latest addition to our Hinton site is The Forest Nursery.  Tucked into the woodland our traditional Yurt provides a cosy and warm environment for children from 18 months old.  Inside there are treasure baskets, heuristic play sets, books, puzzles and a cosy corner for rests or naps.  Staying true to our Forest School ethos the fun really starts for the little adventurers when they head out into their own section of woodland.  They can enjoy clambering over the log piles, digging in the wood chips, exploring the woodland and finding dens and shelters to play in.  There will also be plenty of time to join the older children in the rest of Badger Wood so they can gain a full Forest School experience.

The Nursery is open on:

Tuesday           09.00 – 15.00

Wednesday     09.00 – 15.00

Thursday         09.00 – 15.00

There are several sessions to choose from, these include:

Full Day session                       09.00 – 15.00

Morning session                      09.00 – 12.00

Morning & Lunch Club            09.00 – 13.00

Afternoon session                    13.00 – 15.00

(You can choose between Half days and Full days.)

Wrap around care

If you are looking for longer days then we have a limited number of spaces available for Wrap around care.  You can choose for an Early drop off 8.00 – 9.00 or a Late pick up 3.00 – 4.30.

Please contact us for latest prices.

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Copythorne Forest Pre-School 

Phone available Wed-Fri 8.30-15.00- 07746133515

Based on the site of Copythorne C of E Infant School we have created our own Forest School garden which includes a fire pit, shelters, mud pit, bug hotel and balancing course. There is also access to a school classroom where we have lunch during the winter months and where we drop off and pick up from at the start and end of each session. We are also lucky enough to have access to other areas on the school site including a large pond for pond dipping and bug hunting and a small allotment for growing our own fruit and vegetables.

Each morning the children enjoy a Forest School session which is delivered from a private woodland, 5 mins walk from the school. Here the children experience our classic forest school activities such as tool work, campfires and woodland exploration. Having stopped for lunch back at the school we then use the afternoon to explore our different areas at the school as well as exploring the local area, such as Copythorne common.

The Pre-School runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.15 – 2.45. There are several sessions to choose from, these include:

Full Day session                09.15 – 14.45   

Morning session                09.15 – 12.15   

Morning & Lunch Club     09.15 – 13.15   

Afternoon session              12.15 – 14.45   

The Pre-School accepts 16 children each day aged from 2 years 9 months. We are registered as an EYE provider so you can use part or all of your free 15 hour entitlement with us.

Please contact us for latest prices.

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