We’ve had the first week of our new Radcliffe Forest School this week and have enjoyed exploring our new space.
We have been out into the woods around Close Park, have enjoyed activity at our base around Radcliffe Tower and have been out into the E’es to see what wildlife we can find.
We have been identifying plants, doing mini beast hunts, building dens and learning new skills. We’ve enjoyed playing games, team working with our new friends and exploring this wonderful outdoor space.
The Forest School is open during school holidays for children aged 4-12 years old. During term time our nursery pre-school will be based at the Forest School 3 days a week.
Just 2 minutes walk away from our nursery base we are lucky to have access to this wonderful and varied natural space where we can carry out forest school activity.
This is our second forest school, our first one having been established for 2 years, is based in Prestwich and is extremely popular.
We have 5 fully trained forest school leaders who run all of our outdoor sessions. There is an emphasis on learning through play, building confidence, team work and imagination.
The forest school is open 7.30am to 6pm with drop-off and pick-up at our Radcliffe Nursery.
A typical day at Forest School starts with drop off at the nursery between 7.30am and 9.30am. We then walk the 2 minutes to our site at Radcliffe Tower where we sit on our tree stumps and have a morning meeting led by the children. Here we discuss the rules of forest school and what activity we would like to do that morning. We then do the set activity followed by free play before lunch. We meet back at the nursery for lunch before heading out again either to carry on the morning activity or to start a new activity. The outdoors day ends with more free play before heading back to the nursery at 4.30pm in time for pick up which is available up until 6pm.
Salford 2 year olds are entitled to free childcare funding in order to get a head start in education before starting school.
Toddlers and pre-school children can get up to 15 hours a week of free childcare. At Kids adVentures Salfordwe support this scheme and offer an unlimited amount of these places.
To find out about the full eligibility criteria you can read Salford City Council’s advice here.
Not only is the scheme great in helping children to socialise and learn from a young age but it gives parents free time to get back into training and employment.
Your child will become eligible for funding the term after they turn 2 and you can apply up to 9 weeks before this.
This 15 hours could be used to attend Kids adVentures Salford to take part in our weekly Move and Groove sessions, to access lots of outdoor learning, take part in den building, to enable your child to make new friends and build confidence, or even to take part in our new toddler Spanish lessons. You can find out more about the nursery here.
To be eligible for the free places you must receive one of the benefits below or meet one of the criteria as follows:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
they’re looked after by a local council (fostered)
they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
To apply you will just need your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Support Service Number.
You can check your availability and apply via Salford City Council’s website here.
Every child gets the opportunity for outdoor play every day at Kids adVentures. Additionally though, we have a full day of outdoor education for our toddlers and pre-schoolers every week.
At our Prestwich and Salford nurseries all families are offered the chance to book a full time pre-school Forest School place. We have five Forest School leaders working within Kids adVentures.
We go on lots of trips to give the children opportunities to get out into the real world and explore. These include trips to local parks and libraries, nature walks and, more practical trips such as visiting a post office.
Working in small groups allows us to go on more trips and to offer more outdoor education sessions.
We offer more flexibility than most nurseries. Families can take a single half day if they like, we do half days, short days, long days and, we do not have a minimum booking requirement.
We abolished deposits so that the initial cost of childcare was not a barrier to families. This means families do not have to find any up-front cost to start at one of our nurseries.
We provide offers throughout the year such as additional free hours on top of standard funded hours, meaning parents can get more free childcare.
Smaller Settings, More One to One Time
We specialise in providing small, family feel nursery care. We work in small groups with the same staff in each room meaning you and your child gets to know the room leader and nursery nurses.
Much of what we do is led by the children’s interests; this is a big part of our planning.
Much of the activity that we do from reading and craft sessions through to cooking and outdoor play involve one-to-one time with our staff meaning each child gets learning through play at their own individual pace.
Different Activities Everyday
We have a packed week of activities at Kids adVentures. Aside from our trips out and our outdoor education we also provide a number of other free activities which include: Stretch and Grow exercise, Sing and Sign, Languages, Swimming, Cooking and much more. We rotate the different activities available to keep it stimulating and interesting.
How can we provide all of this?
We are a not for profit organisation, our goal is to provide great quality childcare. Any surplus money goes straight back into the facilities and services that we provide for the children.
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From January 2018 our Prestwich Pre-School Forest School will be operational 5 days a week from 7.30am to 6pm.
Our Ofsted registered Forest School is completely enclosed within our site, Garden Needs which includes welfare facilities, large kitchen and a well-equipped, cosy pre-school room. Also included on site are several specialist outdoor areas including a fire circle, mud kitchen, den making areas, outdoor craft area, mini beast hunting area and, covered areas.
Indoors we have a warm and cosy pre-school room, laid out to encompass all the areas of the Early Years Foundation stage guidelines. There are opportunities to learn all around the room as this is a key time where the children are getting ready for school. Areas include mark making, reading and writing areas, imaginative play and much more. Learning is led by the children and their interests, who we encourage to explore and to express their interests and individuality. The majority of learning is from the outdoors, and inspired by the outdoors.
We have 3 Forest School leaders at Kids adVentures as well as a full team of highly professional nursery educators. We find that the children are inspired by the outdoors and this makes learning more fun. Children naturally pick up the additional skills of confidence and team work when being out in this environment regularly.
We have easy access straight out on to Kersal Dale, a wonderful naturally wooded environment which offers a host of adventures and learning experiences across the different seasons of the year.
The concept of Forest School comes from Scandinavia, there have been Forest Schools in the UK since 1993.
There is now much documented research that shows that children are stimulated by the outdoors and gain skills around self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem solving.
We have a limited amount of pre-school places available for 2018, and only toddlers at our Prestwich Nursery are guaranteed places for the next in-take in September 2018.
We’ve pledged to help parents make their funded hours go further and to give more families access to great quality childcare.
This Spring, from January 2018, we are giving away an additional 55 hours of free childcare per child.
This is available to new customers at our Radcliffe and Salford nurseries and is for families that are accessing the 15 and 30 hours of free government childcare. Parents will be able to get an additional 5 hours per week free, up to a maximum of 55 hours, throughout the Spring 2018 term.
We don’t charge any deposit, and have a limited amount of these places available. If you are interested, you can start anytime in the Spring but need to book in as we will be giving these free hours away on a first come first serve basis.
Call to book a look around – for Radclliffe speak to Emma on 0161 7240700, for Salford speak to Kate 0161 212 4988
We offer a family friendly environment, working in small groups to allow lots of individual development and child centred learning.
We are particularly passionate about outdoor education at Kids adVentures and have trained Forest School practitioners who come in and run sessions with the children both in our gardens and in the local parks.
Sing and Sign sessions are run weekly as our Stretch and Grow dance and exercise sessions, we regularly do baking with the children and have lots of trips out. Additionally the children have access to swimming sessions. All of these additional activities and services are completely free as part of the nursery offering.
We provide unlimited settling in sessions so that you and your child are completely comfortable. Some parents prefer to stay for the whole of the first settling in session, and then will gradually phase out being at the sessions until both child and parent are completely comfortable.
We also run a Free Parent and Toddler session every Tuesday from 9am to 11am. Everyone is welcome to come along to this, just call 0161 7240700 to book a place.