Coming Up in 2023...
13th to 17th February - Enrolment week
10th to 13th - Easter Holiday Club (mon to thu) 9-4. Lunch not included.
31/07 to 10/08 - Summer Holiday Club (mon to thu) 9-4. Lunch not included.
9th to 12th - October Holiday Club (mon to thu) 9-4. Lunch not included.
Summer Holiday Club
Mon 18th July - Friday 22nd July
Monday 25th July - Friday 25th July
Summer Holiday Club - Forest School style daycare
Choose from 1 to 10 whole days of outdoor holiday club for your child this Easter. Activities will vary each day with opportunities for the below.
Camp fires: Making them from scratch, covering safe fire lighting and how to use a flint and steel, different tinder materials, how to identify good v bad wood for burning.
Camp fire cookery: how to set and light a Kelly Kettle. How to use a campfire to cook on with frying pan, Billy can, foil wrapped items in the coals, cooking on sticks, baking in a Dutch Oven. Also covering aspects of food safety and hygiene.
Tool making: Learn how to make your own wooden mallet using a saw and an axe.
Knife use: How to safely use a knife to whittle green sticks.
Rope work and den building: Learn some basic knotting skills and how to test the safety of your ropes when building suspended structures such as hanging hammocks.
Willow Weaving: Learn some basic willow weaving techniques used to create baskets and other vessels. Learn how to plant willow to create living fences, dens and archways.
Arts and crafts: using natural materials to create and express.
Winter in the Woods 14/12/19
Come and join the Kinder Croft team for an end of year get together in the woods.
All welcome, come for a blether and some festive cheer by the fire.
It's a great chance to come and see the site and what the kids have been up to over the past few months. You can also find out about enrolling your child for coming and future terms. interested in volunteering? Come and ask us what a day at Kinder Croft involves.
This event is open to the whole community, whether you have children or not. We are looking into all sorts of exciting ways of using the space to engage people of all ages and are open to any suggestions you might have.
Kinder Croft Mhor 10/12/19 and 14/12/19
By popular demand we are running some informal taster sessions especially for adults over the winter. The first of these hands on classes will involve making willow charcoal on the fire. We will also look at different ways of using charcoal. The sessions are free but donations are welcomed.
Spaces booking up fast so if you're interested in joining in please contact email@example.com
Exciting times here at Kinder Croft HQ as we opened our Nursery space up to the community for our first Open Day. Despite the terrible weather forecast we were delighted to welcome 94 people over the day. The weather in the village was pretty wild with gusting winds and heavy downpours but amongst the trees and under the new Northwoods Construction timber shelter we felt we’d found a safe haven away from the elements.
Nursery Manager Stephanie Martin and Nursery Practitioner John Woods planned a fun filled day of activities as a taster of what the children will get up to when enrolled. The day started at 10am with a welcome of hot drinks and cake and the opportunity to explore the site. The children were especially excited to see the brand new eco toilets and learn how they work.
With the campfire lit it was time to make some lunch. Delicious sweet potato soup cooked over the fire alongside freshly baked bread with thanks to Izabela from The Green Carpenter bakery. After the campfire lunch it was time to burn some energy with a marshmallow hunt through the trees and back to the fire to toast them whilst listening to John read a story. It was wonderful to see how quickly the children embraced the space and made it their own, collecting sticks and leaves to make patterns and pictures on the ground, building dens and cooking with pine cones in the mud kitchen.
The afternoon finished with yet more cake, this time a birthday cake for our Practitioner John and just a little Prosecco for the big kids to enjoy. It was a fantastic day and brilliant to see the space we had imagined a year ago filled with laughter, smiling faces and muddy knees. A massive thank you to everyone involved for your hard work, enthusiasm and for turning out on
a wild day.