Welcome to Little Sticks Forest School! We are a fully outdoors Forest School based on the grounds of Aspull RFC in Wigan.
We fully embrace the Forest School ethos which to us means that play is at the heart of our practice and we believe that children should be allowed to and encouraged to lead their own learning. Our children are free to play and explore the woodland environment, they are not required to complete activities as we believe that children are capable of learning whilst interacting with the natural environment, experienced staff, woodland structures, books etc.
Our day flows naturally, we make time for snacks around our fire circle and reflection on the days learning. The children have the opportunity to use real tools, cook over a camp fire and help to manage our woodland. The children lead their own learning and are actively encouraged by our extremely experienced staff who are there to facilitate learning by playing, modelling, talking and questioning.
The Forest School was set up by myself (Danielle) after ten years teaching in a primary school and two years at a forest nursery. I found that teaching in a school had become too focused on results so l left and set out to work in a more relaxed environment where I felt that the children were being taught in a developmentally appropriate way. I have taught with some fantastic Forest School Leaders and have fully embraced the ethos. This positive experience led me to want to open my own Forest School setting so as many children as possible can have the opportunity to experience all Forest School has to offer.
Meet The Team
MA Early Childhood
BA QTS Primary Teaching specialising in English
Level 3 Forest School Leader
Forest School Leader
Level 3 Forest School Leader
Designated Safeguarding Lead
September 2021 Forest School Fees
We offer full day sessions (8.00am to 5.00pm) at a cost of £47 per day and half day sessions (morning 8.00am to 12.30pm, afternoon 12.30pm to 5.00pm) at a cost of £23.50 per session.
*All sessions are charged at £4.15 per hour with a daily supplement of £4.82 for half days and £9.65 for full days.
We offer all types of funded places including 2, 3 and 4 year old funding (15 and 30 hours),Tax Free Childcare and Childcare Vouchers. You can also split the funding if your child is attending another setting.
* Please note a daily supplement is still be payable for funded places.
On top of the basic hourly cost (including funded children) we charge a supplement for all children.
This covers additional insurance costs for adventurous activities, snacks and drinks, printing photographs (for learning journeys), extra staff costs (so we have small ratios), and helps keep our setting small and viable.
(this fee may be increased when there is a rise in national wages or a decrease in funding rates)
Fees are payed monthly in advance of the sessions.
We are open 46 weeks of the year and follow the Wigan term dates for our holidays:
Autumn Term 2021
Autumn Term Begins: Tuesday 31st August 2021
Autumn Term Ends: Wednesday 15th December 2021
Spring Term 2022
Spring Term Begins: Monday 3rd January 2022
Spring Term Ends: Thursday 31st March 2022
Summer Term 2022
Summer Term Begins: Monday 11th April 2022
May Day: Monday 2nd May 2022
Half Term: Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June 2022
School Re-opens: Monday 6th June 2022
Summer holiday: Monday 15th August - Friday 26th August 2022
School Re-opens: Tuesday 30th August 2022