How do I book?
All our sessions can be booked online. Whether you would like your child to attend through their pre-school or nursery, you fancy one of our family sessions in term time or you want to bring the whole crew in the school holidays, all of our adventures can be seen and booked using our online booking system.
Can I book a one-off session or a term of sessions only?
When booking for your child to attend through their childcare provider, we ask that you book a term of sessions at a time. If you’d like to come to a family session you can book sessions individually or for the full term. We like to be flexible, so you can choose to come to our family session every week, or just a few times a term, whatever suits you best!
I would like to bring more than one child. Do I need to book a place for each of them?
Yes. We ask you book and pay for all children once they reach their first birthday. This is so we can plan the resources accordingly and ensure we don’t exceed the capacity of the site. Remember we offer reduced price tickets for families with children under 2 years old or with two or three children. If you are a childminder or would like to bring more than three children please get in touch to discuss further discounts.
Can we turn up on the day and pay?
Sorry but no. We need to know exactly how many children are coming to each family session so that we can plan our activities and ensure we do not exceed the capacity of our site. You can always check our booking pages to see if there are spaces at the last minute. You are able to book a slot right up until 30 minutes before a family session starts.
I’m a childminder – can I bring the children I care for to a family session?
Of course! We’d love to see you. You can use our family tickets to book places for two or three children in your care as long as they come in the same car. If you'd like to bring more than three children please call us to discuss further discounts.
Can I leave my child with you?
Sorry but no. We require either pre-school staff or parents to be supervising their children at all times. This ensures we always have a good adult to child ratio.
What happens if I need to change or cancel my booking?
If for any reason you need to change your booking to a different session please email us and we'll do our best to help.
If you need to cancel your booking please do let us know as soon as possible, by email. The sooner we know the more likely it is we can fill your spot and offer a refund. If you let us know at least a week in advance of your session we will give you a full refund via paypal. Less than a week in advance, and we will need to find someone else to fill you spot before we issue any refund.
If you have any other questions we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch.
What safety measures are in place?
We take health and safety very seriously and ensure all necessary safety measures are in place so that everyone can enjoy Little Wild Things. We always maintain a high adult to child ratio, carry mobile phones for use in emergencies and are fully first aid trained. We are all very experienced in working with children in the outdoors and hold forest school leader qualifications and enhanced DBS checks. We are happy to provide copies of any of our documents including our risk assessments and emergency action plan on request.
Who is responsible for the children at a session?
We will take overall responsibility for the running of the sessions and ensuring everyone is well and happy. Individual children will be the responsibility of the adults caring for them. At a pre-school session, pre-school staff will be responsible for the children attending, and at a family session, parents will be responsible for their own children.
What insurance do you have?
We have full public liability insurance with an indemnity of £5m. We also have the necessary insurance, licenses and permits to cover our minibus. All certificates can been seen upon request.
Will the minibus have booster seats?
Yes, for children attending sessions through their pre-school or school we provide forward facing booster seats which carry children from 9kg-36kg (approx. 9mths to 11yrs).
What does my Little Wild Thing need to bring?
The little wild kit list:
• Old clothes which can get dirty and which fully cover arms and legs
• Comfortable shoes/trainers or wellies with thick socks
• Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers or an all-in-one waterproof suit
• Hat (either woolly or sun, depending on the weather)
• A full change of clothes (to be kept at pre-school or left in the car for later)
What might my child do in a session?
During a session children will be encouraged to explore and play through activities specifically designed to further their interest in the natural world. Activities might include bug hunting, mud painting or den building. Each week we will have a different theme to the sessions. These themes will follow the seasons and make the most of the natural resources surrounding us – whether these be fungi, flowers, puddles or snow!
Will my child get dirty?
Yes! And will hopefully love doing it!
What happens if a session is cancelled?
It's very unlikely but should we have to cancel a family or holiday adventure due to dangerous weather or staff illness we will contact everyone booked on to the session by phone or text message. It is therefore important that you provide this for us when booking a session.
If we have had to cancel due to staff illness we will refund the cost of your ticket in full.
If we've been forced to cancel due to dangerous weather conditions we will do our utmost to fit you onto another, equivalent session at a later date. However, we cannot provide refunds for the missed session. We still incur the same costs for a cancelled session as we must still pay for staff, and will have already bought refreshments and resources. We cancel sessions very rarely and only when it is too dangerous to be in the woods - a little bit of rain won't put us off!
Do you run Little Wild Things sessions whatever the weather?
Yep! We embrace “bad” weather - after all who doesn’t love a good puddle? Our ethos is to be outdoors in all weathers, and we encourage children and their adults to dress appropriately so they can enjoy being outside whatever the season. However, occasionally situations may arise in which it would be dangerous to continue with outdoor activities, as a result of high winds, snow or flooding. The weather will always be assessed and our sessions shortened or cancelled if we believe there is a risk. If weather conditions suddenly became dangerous, we would leave the woodland immediately.
Isn’t two hours a long time to be outside if it’s really cold or really hot?
We have an area covered by a large canvas which can be used to shelter from rain or sun as needed. Activities will will be moved under the canvas if necessary so everyone can still enjoy being outside even when the weather isn't great. We also have our yurt which is fully equipped with a wood burning stove to provide some much needed heat in the cooler months to thaw out those chilly toes!
Do you run Little Wild Things all year round?
We run our sessions and holiday adventures all year with the exception of the Christmas break and the first term of the new year (Jan to Feb half term). This gives our woods a much needed rest and us some time to create some fabulous new adventures!
How old do children have to be to join in?
We ask you to book a place and pay for all children once they’ve reached their first birthday. In our experience children who are confident walkers get the most out of our sessions. However we’re flexible and are happy to welcome anyone who would like to join.
My child has specific needs/a health condition – can they still join in?
We do hope so. We want Little Wild Things to include everyone so please call us to discuss your child’s individual needs.
Can I bring a pushchair?
You are very welcome to bring a pushchair on the understanding that we are in a woodland and the terrain is a bit tricky. We would recommend a baby carrier if your child is small enough but if not – just think how fantastic your biceps will look after a term of sessions……!
Can I bring a baby to an open session along with his older sibling?
Of course! We ask you to book a space and pay for children once they have reached their first birthday. Babes in arms can come along with their older brothers or sisters and enjoy the fun free of charge.
My child is nervous outside – is this the group for her/him?
We really hope so – we’re very keen to help overcome reservations and worries about dirt and creepy crawlies and believe that by coming to our site regularly children will feel more confident about trying new things and conquering some of their fears. Please feel free to speak to us if you have specific concerns.
Is it safe for my toddler to be playing in the woods?
Little Wild Things sessions will offer a variety of learning opportunities for children and part of their purpose is to encourage participants to face new challenges and to learn to take reasonable risks. However, we take heath and safety very seriously. Risks can rarely be eliminated entirely, but they can be reduced to a minimum without unduly limiting opportunities for children to explore and learn. In order to run sessions safely, we will ensure that the necessary safety measures are carried out regularly and thoroughly.
What if my child needs the toilet?
We have our own fabulous 'loo' with a view! This is set up outside the main area and uses a dry composting system. We can also provide a clean taupaulin insude the yurt for nappy changes.
What are the benefits for my child?
Little Wild Things sessions will have physical, social and health benefits. In our experience, children are intrinsically motivated outdoors, as the natural world stimulates their desire to learn and discover. Sessions will help them to enjoy physical activity, team-work and self-led play, and teach them to assess and manage risks. We hope sessions will spark their creativity and sense of adventure and will help them to build increased confidence in the natural world. Children will also gain respect, knowledge and understanding about the environment.
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What is a Community Interest Company?
Little Wild Things is a Community Interest Company, meaning we run for the benefit of the community. We use any income over and above our running costs to make Little Wild Things bigger and better for local children and their families.
What snacks and drinks do you provide?
Water, fruit and biscuits, plus marshamallows and chocolate bread for sessions in which we plan to have a camp fire. Please let us know if your child has any allergies we should be aware of.
We also provide fairtrade tea and coffee and delicious homemade cake for adults at our sessions.
Will you have spare clothes available if my child should need them?
Yes – we have a large assortment of clean dry clothes which can be lent out if needed. We ask that you wash and return anything borrowed as soon as you can.
Can we bring our dog?
Sorry but no. To ensure the safety and comfort of the children at our sessions we do not allow dogs on site.
Is there parking on site?
Yes, drive in through the gate and there’s space for you to park off the road and unload your child safely. Please make sure you park considerately as our space is limited.