Forest School

‘Parent and Child’ sessions are suitable for pre-schoolers from 1-5 years and Home schoolers up to 10 years. Parents/Carers attend with children.

‘After-School’ and ‘Holiday Club’ sessions are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years. Parent/ carer supervision is not required but may stay if preferred.

‘Events’ are generally suitable for children aged 1-12 years and parents are expected to stay to supervise.


We currently run sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Due to the nature of Forest school, finish times are undefined. However, sessions generally run for 70-90 minutes.

Monday Sessions

Parent and Child – Time: 10:00
Parent and Child – Time: 11:45
Parent and Child – Time: 13:30

February 1st – February 8th (2 weeks)
February 22nd – March 22nd (5 weeks)
April 12th – April 26th (3 weeks)
May10th-May 24th (3 weeks)
June 7th-July 12th (6 weeks)
September 6th – October 11th (6 weeks)
November 1st – December 6th (6 weeks)

Forest School

Wednesday Sessions

Parent and Child – Time: 11:00
Parent and Child – Time: 13:00

February 3rd – February 10th (2 weeks)
February 24th – March 24th (5 weeks)
April 14th – April 28th (3 weeks)
May12th – May 26th (3 weeks)
June 9th – July 14th (6 weeks)
September 8th – October 13th (6 weeks)
November 2nd – December 8th (6 weeks)

Forest School



Forest School is essentially an ethos and method of increasing confidence, creativity, co-ordination, core strength, self-esteem and body awareness through child-led, hands-on experiences, in a local unstructured woodland environment. Sessions are largely play-based, open-ended, run by a level three Forest school practitioner and are paved by the children’s interests. There may be a loose theme or set activities to choose from involving largely natural resources.
During our sessions we will play games, bug hunt, climb trees, make crafts, build dens, use tools, balance across and swing on ropes, cook on the camp fire, sing songs, read stories, relax in the hammocks and enjoy free-range play! Sessions are relaxed and the activities we provide are available for any child who chooses to take part. Some children will choose to run, climb and explore and this is important because children learn best when they are guided by their own interests and at their own pace. Repetition plays a large role in early years learning so we encourage children to revisit activities or experiences that they have previously enjoyed.
To book a place on one of our weekly sessions, please click the ‘book now’ button and complete the online booking form for your chosen sessions. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once the place is secured we will e-mail you to confirm your place.
‘Parent and Child’ sessions are suitable for pre-schoolers from 1-5 years and Home schoolers up to 10 years. ‘After-School’ and ‘Holiday Club’ sessions are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years. ‘Events’ are generally suitable for children aged 1-12 years.
Our sessions take place at Burbage Common, Burbage Common Road, Hinckley. Leicestershire LE10 3DD and run for 31 weeks of the year. You can join our sessions at any time of year, provided places are available on your chosen session day and time. Dates and start times can be found at the top of this page but due to the nature of forest school, finish times are undefined, although generally run for 70-90 minutes.
The cost of each session equates to £8.15. However, places are allocated on an ongoing basis for a minimum of 3 months. We therefore require a £25.00 non-refundable deposit to secure your place, followed by a regular monthly payment of £19, paid in arrears. Monthly payments should be made on 28th of each month and begin on 28th of the first full calendar month, from when you first attend.
To reserve a place, we require a £25 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking, which can be made via bank transfer or Paypal. Payment will then continue on a MONTHLY BASIS at a rate of £19.00 per calendar month and should be paid by standing order on 28th of each month. Account Name: Katylous Forest School Sort Code: 09-06-66 Account Number: 42207309 Reference: Your Booking Reference ID number Paypal to: or via
Children aged 4 years or under must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult over the age of 18, including in any play area. ‘Parent and Child’ sessions are suitable for pre-schoolers from 1-5 years and Home schoolers up to 10 years. Parents/Carers attend with children. ‘After-School’ and ‘Holiday Club’ sessions are suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years. Parent/ carer supervision is not required but may stay if preferred. ‘Events’ are generally suitable for children aged 1-12 years and parents are expected to stay to supervise.
Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. We therefore allocate places for a minimum of three months, continuing on a rolling monthly basis, thereafter, for you to enjoy attending for as long as you wish!
We offer a one-off trial session for just £10, if you would like to then attend regularly, we deduct the £10 from your deposit.
Siblings under 12 months pay 0% deposit and only £1 per month. Siblings over 12 months pay 0% deposit and pay only half price per month. Twins and Triplets pay for only one full price deposit and place, plus £1 per month per additional child.
If your child has a sibling, you are more than welcome to bring him/her to sessions you must book a place for each child.
Please do ask if you have more than one adult wishing to attend, we will accommodate this where possible but due to restrictions on numbers in sessions, this may not always be possible.
Please park in the Main Car park Leicester Road entrance where the play area and cafe are situated and we will meet on the field just beyond the play area. We cannot guarantee that car parking is available at any of our sites.
The Scandinavians have it right when they say: ‘No such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’. To maximise your child’s comfort and enjoyment of the sessions, please ensure you and they are adequately clothed for the weather conditions in long trousers and robust, closed-toed footwear, year-round. Wellies are advised from September-April and sun cream, hats and insect repellent for the summer term. Waterproof coat / trousers or all-in-ones are highly recommended for rainy days.
Sessions will continue come rain or shine, except in the most extreme circumstances where the Met office weather forecast shows a predicted wind speed (gust or continual speed) of gale force, which could present a danger from falling branches and we need to cancel a session due to extreme weather conditions or other events beyond our control, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity – either the night before or on the morning using the email/text numbers you supplied on booking. We are unable to offer refunds for cancelled sessions, but we’ll do our best to add an extra ‘make-up’ session to the end of the block.
Please try to arrive on time, wlthough we appreciate this isn’t always feasible, with a small person in tow! If we have left the usual meeting point, please make your way up to the area we usually use. If you need assistance, please call us on 07841 159684, although we can not guarantee we will be able to answer.
Great photos of children happily engaging with nature are an enormous help when promoting our work. With your permission, photographs and video footage may be taken of the children during activities, for use solely for Katylou’s Ltd. No names will be given, unless agreed with the accompanying adult and for a particular reason. As social media grows more popular, we know parents enjoy sharing photos of their children participating in our activities. Some parents do not wish pictures of their children to appear on social media so we would request that, if your intended picture includes anyone else's child, you must seek the accompanying adult's permission before taking it. Thank you.
As your safety is our main priority, we insist that you ensure your child is dressed appropriately for Forest School. If you suffer an accident or injury on our premises, you must report it and the circumstances under which it happened to the team leader immediately. For legal and health reasons, you must not smoke while attending Forest School sessions. You should not attend sessions if you or your child has an infectious illness or condition. In the instance of COVID-19 exposure, symptoms or any risk, you must NOT attend sessions within any time frame specified by government guidelines. If you, your child or anyone else in your household have COVID-19 symptoms, you MUST report this to us at your earliest convenience and we can follow the ‘track and trace’ procedure. Although our sessions are exempt from the rule of six, your safety is our priority. We have restricted numbers of attendees at these sessions. We will facilitate activities in order for separate households to maintain social distancing. However, the responsibility will remain with the attending adult to take on the management of two metre distancing of themselves and their children from all staff and participants at all times before, during and after session. Attending adults must ensure all hands, children and adults, are cleaned with soap or sanitised with alcohol gel before the session begins and follow additional hand sanitising instruction around the use of resources and learning tools.Adults will need to bring hand gel or a towel. You may choose to bring a mask if you do not feel confident in being able to sustain a 2 meter distance from other. As with any outdoor activity, there is a small risk of injury. Our site and activities are comprehensively risk assessed and there is a first-aider present. Where possible we will ask the accompanying adult to administer to minor wounds. Children will not be allowed to take part in activities the leader considers to be unsafe. The child remains in the care of their accompanying adult who would be expected to carry and administer any required medication. Telephone numbers are requested for a non-attending adult, who will be contacted if the attending adult is injured. Our sessions take place in outdoor locations which are not always suitable for people with restricted mobility, however we will always try our best to use a site with reasonable access paths. Please contact us to discuss access and mobility before making a booking if you think this might be an issue, and let us know if you have any additional needs.
Please do not attend a Forest School session if you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms but follow the government guidelines or phone 119 for advice
Please do not book if you are currently registered as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable by your doctor or shielding at home to protect a family member. Please ensure that you and your child are well enough to come to the session, in particular if you have any Covid symptoms like a new, continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, or high temperature or suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea within the past 48 hours, please don’t bring them along as they may pass it on to the other participants, thank you.
In the event that we have to close for a continuous period of 15 DAYS OR MORE due to Government Advice or Council requirements relating directly to COVID-19. We will add session dates for you to attend. If this is not possible, you will temporarily stop your monthly payment, until the month in which we resume sessions. Please note this will NOT override that the one-month notice period required to cease your booking.
All payments are made online in advance of sessions. You will be sent an automated confirmation email on receipt of your booking. You will be offered a refund if we have to cancel because of a change in COVID government guidance. To keep the group financially viable, we are unable to refund sessions missed due to illness or holidays. You can cancel your place any time after a minimum three-monthly payments by providing one month’s written notice of you intention to cancel and preferred date. If we need to cancel a session due to extreme weather conditions or other events beyond our control, we are unable to offer refunds for cancelled sessions, but we’ll do our best to add an extra ‘make-up’ session to the end of the block.
We are committed to making sure our members are satisfied with the service we provide, but we are realistic enough to know that things don’t always go according to plan. If you have a complaint, we would like to know about it as soon as possible in order to investigate and resolve it. If you have a complaint, you should first tell a member of staff at your session. If you are not satisfied with their response, you should contact us via email:
We do not store credit card details or share customer details with any third parties. We will only contact you about Katylou’s activities.

Forest School


We deliver the following programmes;

  • Regular ‘parent and child’ sessions for 1 to 5 year olds.
  • Regular ‘after school’ sessions for 4-12 year olds.
  • Home Education sessions for 4 to 12 year olds.
  • Holiday clubs for children aged 4 to 12 years.
  • Birthday parties for all ages. 1-100 years (yes! Even adults!)
  • Training for adults!



Forest School began in the early 1990s, when a group of nursery practitioners visited a setting in Denmark to see how the outdoor provision worked. They were amazed that the children were outdoors for the full time but were so engaged and learning in a positive learning environment, which allowed them to learn at their own pace and level of their choosing. They bought this idea back to UK and through Bridgewater College, set up and ran the first Forest School course for practitioners.

Forest school is an inspiring process, a specialised approach to outdoor learning that aims to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in woodland environments. It has become widely used in a short space of time across the UK. It’s roots lie in early years work, Woodcraft Folk, Scouts, Scandinavian education and related to other approaches such as Reggio Emilio.


The Six Key Principles Of Forest School

Forest School has six key principles which ensure this approach is shared and used appropriately. These have been agreed by the Forest School community and are shared across the Forest School Association network of trainers.

  1. FOREST SCHOOL is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation, and review, links each session.

  2. FOREST SCHOOL akes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a lifelong relationship between the learner and the natural world.

  3. FOREST SCHOOL uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.

  4. FOREST SCHOOL aims to promote the holistic development of all involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent, and creative learners.

  5. FOREST SCHOOL offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.

  6. FOREST SCHOOL is run by qualified Forest School practitioners, who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.

Forest School is a powerful and proven tool for use as part of education. We know many across the UK who use this approach to great success in many ways and have Care Inspectorate, Ofsted or HMIE inspections to confirm this.

Forest Schools have demonstrated success with children of all ages who have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest School programmes run throughout the year, embracing all weathers (except for high winds) where children use full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour; both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self-esteem and become self-motivated.

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Not just for kids!

Forest School is not just for children and can be enjoyed by all ages, whether you just love the outdoors or enjoy learning new skills. Our sessions for adults and older children focus on Bushcraft and Survival Skills such as shelter building, water purification, foraging for food, fire lighting, animal trapping, weapon making and much more! With sessions available for private parties, hen or stag nights, family camps, corporate events, raft building challenges, team building/bonding and wild woman days.

Don’t forget, we also offer training for adults, educators and practitioners!

To book corporate days, sessions and events or private parties, please click here to Contact Us and fill our contact form. To book sessions and events or private parties, please click here to Contact Us and fill our contact form. Alternatively, please feel free to email us at or on call 07841 159684