Introducing Wild Education in Twickenham

Feb 17, 2014 by

Would you like your little ones to get a bit more outdoor air end enjoy some muddy fun? This week we’re really excited to introduce Wild Tots and Wild Pre-School to Twickenham families. Local mum and teacher Ellie Wrigglesworth has always enjoyed mud and she invites you and your children to come and share her passion!

Here’s a run-down of what it’s all about and how to join up.

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Introducing Wild Tots and Wild Pre-School

Starting in Twickenham immediately after half term, these sessions are a lovely way for young children to engage with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Run by local organisation, Wild Education, Wild Tots is aimed at young toddlers and Wild Pre-school is for children aged 3-4.

Bring your children along for Gruffalo spotting, bear hunting, dragon chasing, dinosaur tracking, marshmallow toasting, den building, puddle jumping, mud making, singing & giggling! Based on the Forest School ethos, the sessions encourage child led learning in a natural environment and children learn to use their initiative, solve problems, learn about and respect their environment and have enormous fun!

All you need to do is wrap your little ones up in waterproofs, wellies and weather-suitable layers and bring them to Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. The group will be collected from the car park and the fun starts from there. (A snack will be provided but you should bring a drink.)

When do the sessions run?

Wild Pre-School (for ages 3-4) runs on Mondays or Thursdays, as follows:

  • Mondays, 9.30 – 11.30am (the next term starts on 24th February 2014)
  • Thursdays, 12.30 – 2.30pm (the next term starts on 27th February 2014)
  • Grown-ups can choose to drop and go or stay and play.
  • £120 for 10 sessions (6 before and 4 after Easter).
  • NB: the Monday group will cost £108 as there is no session on 5th May.

Wild Tots (for young toddlers) runs on Thursdays, as follows:

  • Thursdays, 9.30 – 11am (the next term starts on 27th February 2014)
  • £90 – for 10 sessions (6 before and 4 after Easter)
  • Grown-ups must stay and play

if you miss the start of term, fear not – you can still sign up (subject to availability) and the course fee reduces according the number of weeks remaining. A trial session is also possible, contact Ellie for details (however this may not guarantee that there are spaces available, should you wish to sign up for the term).


Who are Wild Education?

Wild Education was founded by Ellie Wrigglesworth, a qualified teacher, Forest School Level 3 practitioner, paediatric outdoor first aid trained, DBS (CRB) checked, mum and lover of mud! Ellie set up Wild Education when she trained as a Forest School practitioner and realized the importance of natural play and learning.

All additional staff are DBS checked, have relevant experience, are qualified where necessary and share a love of learning outdoors. Wild Education also runs school curriculum sessions and after school clubs with selected local schools, as well as special holiday activities and children’s ‘wild’ birthday parties.


What is the ethos?

Forest School is an ethos of education which has arrived from Scandinavia and is growing in popularity in UK nurseries and primary schools. It is focused on regular child led learning in a natural environment.

Ellie says ‘I can’t enthuse enough about the benefits of getting our young people outdoors; having adventures, taking responsibility, learning how best to take risks, to cooperate together, to negotiate and compromise while stretching their legs and their imagination.


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