About Us

About Wild Child

Wild Child Forest School has been set up by Judith Dutnall.  She is passionate about taking children outside to see them explore and reach their full potential in the natural environment. Judith is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ of experience, as well as being a trained Forest School leader.  She specialises in Early Years, although she has taught all ages up to 11.  Her other particular interest is music, having studied three instruments. She has delivered music sessions in many nurseries around Essex and enjoys incorporating music and singing in all she does.

 

What is Forest School?

Forest School is an opportunity for children to experience hands-on learning in a natural environment, either in a woodland or in an open space with trees and hedges.  It is open to children of all ages and abilities.

Currently Wild Child is offering ‘Stay and ‘Play’ type sessions in the woods, where parents/carers stay with the child(ren) that they bring with them, both during the week and also at some weekends. We also run sessions in schools. In the near future, we hope to open up sessions that could include after school clubs, holiday clubs and parties. If you have a request then please do not hesitate to contact us via our contact form.

 

What happens at a Wild Child session?

Whilst there are always some specific activities offered, there is a lot of opportunity for children to explore, let their imaginations run wild, get up close with nature – and maybe get covered in mud in the process!

Children are encouraged to follow their own natural curiosities and interests.  This builds up their confidence and self-esteem, whilst adults are always close at hand to offer guidance and support.

Here are some of the things we might get up to:

den building

digging/mud kitchen

water play

scooter run*

natural painting

hammocks

climbing

woodland craft

sensory trails

and much much more!

*please bring your own scooter!

 

A typical Forest School session at Wild Child

  • The Forest School Leader will come to meet everyone at ‘The Stubbles’ car park at the start of the session. If you are able to walk there, that is fantastic and we will just use the car park as our meet point. (Please ensure that you have all your clothes and footwear on and are ready to go by the session start time).
  •  We will walk up and over the hill to our site.
  • Each session has a theme, such as ‘Owls’ or ‘Monsters’ which is threaded throughout the session.
  • Wild Child starts with a welcome, a spot of singing and maybe a story (often with the assistance of a woodland friend).
  • The leader will show what activities are on offer that day.
  • Parents, carers, and their little ones will be free to explore and have lots of fun! The Forest School leader will be available to play with the children and help.
  • At 10.40 we go for a ‘child sized’ walk, incorporating an activity linked to the theme of the day, such as ‘flying like owls’, ‘digging holes like moles’, or hunting for hidden monsters!
  • At the end we will come together again and share tales of the morning, have a drink and snack, a little bit more singing and maybe another story, before making our way back to the car park.