About Us

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

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Danielle Field

Manager/Forest School Leader

MA Early Childhood

BA QTS Primary Teaching specialising in English

Level 3 Forest School Leader

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Karen Singleton

Forest School Leader

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Emma Watson

Forest School Leader

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Designated SEN Lead

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Sarah Lucas

Forest School Leader

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Fees

September 2021 Forest School Fees

Sessions: 

We offer full day sessions (8.00am to 5.00pm) and half day sessions (morning 8.00am to 12.30pm, afternoon 12.30pm to 5.00pm) 5 days a week Monday to Friday.  

Fees:

Full Day Session = £48 (The £48 includes the additional charge of £7.50 see below)  

Half Day Session = £24 (The £24 includes the additional charge of £3.75 see below) 

*All sessions are charged at £4.50 per hour with an additional charge of £3.75 for half days and £7.50 for full days (The additional charge is included in the overall session costs shown above).

 

The additional charge is to cover the extra costs associated with forest school including low staff to children ratios, staff training (to ensure all staff have or are attending forest School qualifications), snacks, insurance costs for outdoor activities. 

If you access funding but don't feel you can afford the additional charge please contact us to discuss your options.

Funding:

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 the additional charge for half day and full day sessions is still payable for funded places.

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Fees are payed monthly in advance of the sessions.

Dates

​​We are open 46 weeks of the year and follow the Wigan term dates for our holidays:​​

Summer Term 2022

Summer Term Begins: Monday 11th April 2022

Good Friday: Friday 15th April 2022

Easter Monday: Monday 18th 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

 

Autumn Term 2022

Autumn Term Begins: Tuesday 30th August 2022

Autumn Term Ends: Friday 16th December 2022

Spring Term 2022

Spring Term Begins: Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Spring Term Ends: Friday 31st March 2023

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