We are not exclusively a SEND Forest School but due to our excellent inclusive practice we have attracted a very high proportion of children with additional needs. 80% of our current Forest Schoolers have additional needs. A third have a disability. We are very well regarded among local schools, other local organisations among the SEND parent/ carer community in relation to our holistic, child centred approach to supporting learning.
Over the last 10 years, our work has allowed us to provide support to hundreds of children with additional needs and disabilities, including but not limited to:
- Attachment needs
- Developmental delay
- Autism spectrum conditions including PDA
- Childhood trauma
- Physical disabilities
- Life limiting illnesses
There are a few different ways we can support these children, depending on what kind of session they attend.
Forest School sessions
Our learners that need a little extra support can attend our generic Forest School sessions with their own thorough support plan in place which links to their EHCP (if they have one). They may also have a clear step by step co-regulation plan which is consistently applied by all team members.
Forest School sessions with a 1:1 support
1:1 support is also available for those that struggle with all the sensory input and social expectations being in a group entails. In addition to this they will also benefit from the plans mentioned above.
Groups specifically for children with additional needs/disabilites
We have a few different sessions that are exclusively for children with additional needs/disabilites. Some are for children to attend with only our team members. Others are for children to attend with a parent/carer.
We understand that for some children, interacting with and being part of a group of people can be a very challenging experience. This is why we offer 1:1 support sessions to allow children to access our services while alleviating some of that anxiety before they even arrive- we can provide videos of the site, the activities and the team members. Through these sessions we will aim towards eventually getting them to join a group and to access all the benefits that this provides.
We regularly apply for funding to allow us to subsidise fees for vulnerable children and those with additional needs or disabilities.
For more information on how we can support your child please explore our sessions using the menu or get in touch with us.