URBAN FOREST AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Urban Forest operates a seasonal (April - October) after school club for children of 5-11 years of age, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time.
The sessions will be led by a qualified Forest School leader holding a first aid qualification. There will be a maximum of 15 children partaking in each session. All Staff are DBS checked.
Location: - Waterlow Park Nature Reserve, Highgate Hill, Highgate, N6 5HD
Days: - Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Term time only, in line with Camden school calendar.
Times: - 4.00pm - 6.00pm
To ensure compliance with Covid-19 we have had to make some changes "highlighted in red" on how we operate our sessions.
We will no longer be able to collect children directly from Brookfield Primary School, all parents/carers will be asked to drop their children of to Waterlow Park Nature Reserve for 4pm.
Please see map for details.
If parents/carers could kindly wait by the wooden fence for drop off and collection ensuring to
always adhere to social distance guidelines of 1+ metre, your child/ren will be collected from you
at drop off by a member of the team and will be individually guided to you with verbal consent at
collection. If an older sibling or another responsible adult who is not on your child/ren’s consent
form is collecting them, please inform us in advance before the start of the session.
Please collect your child promptly by 6.00pm as inline with the councils requirements we must be
off site shortly after.
Any child attending will need to bring their own "clearly marked" water bottle, and a small healthy
snack should they wish - though please no nuts.
Please Note: That due to current uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 we may be forced to close unexpectedly and though this is completely out of our control we will do our utmost to maintain communication throughout.
Activities might include: - Mini den building, woodland crafts, team games, camp fire, whittling,
nature hunts and local wildlife habitat exploration.
What your child will need to wear: - Protective clothing to reduce the risk of any scratches or
stings, please provide covered footwear such as wellington boots or hiking boots, long sleeve tops
and trousers, preferably waterproofs, coat, hat, scarf and gloves in cold weather, sun hat and
sun cream in hot sunny weather, waterproof overalls in wet weather. If you can please provide
your child with the above in a bag to allow them to change once we arrive on site. Children will have
access to the public toilets within Waterlow Park and our onsite camping toilet tent.
Urban Forest operate in most weathers, we will only cancel a session if the park's authorities instruct us to do so due to extreme weather conditions. This is to ensure the children and members of staff are kept safe at all times.
Please take into consideration that our site is within a public park therefore we can not lock either entrance gates nor prevent members of the public from accessing our site though we do display signage on entrance gates. All children will be made aware of this within our welcome brief at the start of each session. To ensure safety at all times should a member of the public approach the site a member of our staff will introduce themselves and advice the public there is an after school club session taking place within the nature reserve. Should the member of the public remain on site but not cause a threat all members of staff will remain vigilant and carry out a constant visual risk assessment. In the event the member of the public displays any threat to the children, we will evacuate the area and proceed to a new location within the park. We will record and inform the park keepers and Camden council.
Each of our sessions are designed to promote environmental awareness, stimulate imagination, encourage sustainability, creativity and investigation through activities such as den building and natural art.
We listen to the interest and needs of the children, their ideas are developed and implemented throughout each session and into future sessions, further igniting the children’s interest and giving them a deeper knowledge and understanding of their natural environment through fun activities.
It teaches the children to learn and develop social skills, self-motivation, team building, self-confidence, empathy and self-esteem whilst exploring the natural environment and most importantly having fun.