Stonebury Grows

Stonebury Learning is pleased to announce that as of the beginning of 2016, a new chapter in our provision of outdoor learning for children begins!

The Stonebury Garden School is a place to learn, to grow, to wander and to play for unaccompanied children aged 6 and over. Catering to the home education community locally, as well as to families who want to flexi-school their children, The Garden is an unstructured, child-led and democratic learning environment where children are free to explore their passions, free to explore nature and free to spend their time as they wish under the careful guidance of our team of facilitators. As well as all of our usual lovely woodland activities, children are also free to work with our facilitators to pursue their interests, whether that’s investigating the natural world, developing their art skills, working on storytelling – or anything else they can dream up. Our emphasis is on developing children’s confidence, self-awareness, creativity, verbal expression, physical wellness and above all, to engender a sense of fun and wonder within the natural world.

In time, we aim to make this provision daily and to grow our resource collection to mean that children can take part in more ‘traditional’ learning areas such as literacy and numeracy. However, this will be done organically and democratically as the needs and wishes of the children grow and develop.

Following the February 2016 Half-Term, there will be several Monday drop-in sessions where families can attend together to ask questions and see whether they’d like to enrol. Follow our Facebook page to be kept up to date with those days. Children are welcome to attend two sessions to see whether this is a commitment they wish to make, and following that enrolment will be termly. The first sessions will take place on Mondays from 10:00 – 2:00 and will run roughly in accordance with the Bristol schools term calendar. Initial trial sessions are £10 each (to be debited from termly fees after enrolment) and the termly cost (3 terms per year) is £195 – fees are pro rata for children joining after the beginning of a term . Sibling discounts and bursaries are available by application.

Further information and technical details will be posted to this page as they become available. Or just ask Jenni – you know I like to talk!