Come have some ‘Leafy Learners’ Fun!
Sometimes those school holidays can feel really long can’t they?
We can keep your little ones busy for an hour or two if you come and visit us!
We run a mixture of stay and play or themed sessions every school holiday, so join us for free play in our mud kitchen, digging and craft areas during the school holidays. You can swing in the trees, climb on the hay bales, lay in the hammock, walk our trail, build a den or search for bugs under the log piles. We will come together around the fire circle to sing and chat. During the school holidays, we will often have a theme linked to the time of year (Easter or Halloween for example) and a craft, snack or activity that will link to this. Some weeks we will also have a fire to make a drink or snack on, or just to enjoy watching the flames dance and flicker.
How to find us
From Horley and Crawley:
Come along the B2036 towards Copthorne and at the small roundabout turn onto Antlands Lane. Travel along this road for about 0.8 miles until you see the sign for Gatwick Footgolf, turn right, and travel up the dirt road until you reach the customer parking at the Footgolf. Here you will find small toilets and the cafe is often serving refreshments.
From East Grinstead:
Travel towards Copthorne on the A264. After 1.8 miles turn right onto Snow Hill (B2037) and then at the roundabout continue straight onto Effingham Road(B2037). Travel along this road for about 1.8 miles until you see the sign for Gatwick Footgolf, turn left and travel up the dirt road until you reach the customer parking at the Footgolf. Here you will find small toilets and the cafe is often serving refreshments.
What to wear in cold weather
There is a saying in the Forest School Community that there is no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing! People often come in the wrong clothing. Having the right clothes and shoes can make the difference between you or your child having a great time and being miserable.
With that in mind, please dress for the weather and remember that lots of layers are the best and easiest to manage. Adults need layers and waterproofing too, not just the children.
Having the right clothes and shoes can make the difference between you or your child having a great time and being miserable.
With that in mind, please dress for the weather and remember that lots of layers are best and easiest to manage. Adults need layers and waterproofing too, not just the children.
What to wear in warm weather
- Waterproof coat and trousers
- Long-sleeved top to avoid scratches
- Leggings or tracksuit bottoms again to avoid scratches
- Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots, spare socks. No sandals or flip-flops, please!!
- A jumper or hoodie even if it’s hot. It can get cool in the woods under the trees
- mosquito repellent
- Hat and sun cream, though the wood is mostly shaded.
Winter cold and wet and wind
- Waterproof boots or snow boots with several warm pairs of socks. Ordinary welly boots are the pretty cold if you only wear normal socks with them so definitely get a good pair of warm welly socks (for both you and your child!)
- Waterproof over-trousers. If you only have thin waterproof trousers like you get from hiking shops, wear as many layers (tights, leggings, jogging bottoms etc) underneath as you can.
- Ski or snow trousers are best – available cheaply on ebay, second hand. Also need layers underneath.
- Body – again outer ski clothes best, as many layers as possible. Thin layers next to body with long sleeves, and then jumpers, jackets and waterproof top layer.
- Scarf or neckwarmer
- Gloves, with gloves to spare. And another pair just in case.
- Warm Hat
If you are due to visit Leafy Learners, please ensure that you are feelling well.
Nobody should attend the session if they are ill. If anyone develops symptoms of being ill during the session they should go home immediately. If they are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 they will need to isolate for 5 days as per the current government guidelines.
Adults are expected to support the leader in maintaining good hygiene practices.
Leafy Learners will provide handwashing, soap, disposable towels, and a bin.
Ensure hands are washed on arrival, before and after eating and drinking, and after coughing and sneezing.
Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Please NB antibacterial gels are flammable and should not be used near the fire.
Promote ‘Catch it, Kill it, Bin it’ approach.
Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe.