Our Little Story

  • OPENING DAY

    At Play In The Woods has been going since 2008 but it’s only since 2018 we have acquired a Woodland to call our own.

    Starting off 2018 in our new setting at Brickyard Woods in Chelvey we ran a February half term play and stay and it was well received by everybody that came along to play in the woods.

  • We have reached 1000’s in not 10,000’s of children already and the only way is up.
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  • The Team

    At Play is fast-growing. We offer high quality outdoor classes where kids learn through play. We’re a small but powerful team on a mission to improve the lives of kids and their families. Are you ready to join us? If you care deeply about early childhood learning, getting kids outdoors, and have a talent for both child and adult facilitating adult learning, you maybe who we are looking for! Leaders who are also parents can bring their own kid(s) to class, so you can develop the quality of your own with kids while you help others do the same.

  • Aims:

    • To provide an opportunity for individuals to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves.

    • To provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which children can develop practical life skills, take risks, make choices and initiate their own learning.

    • To help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.

    • To develop self-esteem, independence, confidence and a positive disposition to learning through the completion of small, achievable tasks.

    • To develop social and team working skills.

    • To enable children to be independent, self-motivated and considerate.

    • To be true to the forest school ethos and approach.

    • To develop a secure, happy and welcoming atmosphere.

    • To provide stimulation and varied learning activities appropriate to the child’s needs and stages of development.

    • To use the outdoor environment to provide activities for children, young people, adults with learning and mental health issues and their parents, carers and guardians including but not exclusively: ASD; Dementia, and special educational needs.

    •To use the outdoor environment to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

    • Develop workplace skills through training in woodland crafts and manufacture of products made from woodland materials.

    •Run sessions designed to deliver training to professionals related to working in an outdoor environment with children, adults and individuals with special needs.

  • At Play helps to develop

    • Confidence and self-esteem;

    • Communication and social skills;

    • Physical skills;

    • Greater understanding and awareness of the natural environment;

    • Natural motivation and a positive attitude to learning;

    • The ability to recognise and manage risk;

    • Healthier lifestyles.

Meet Our Team

We have a number of STAFF and VOLUNTEERS who assist in running our forest school sessions, planning activities and preparing resources.
At Play is a social enterprise existing to promote and benefit wellbeing in the community through reconnecting people with nature. We have a growing team of volunteers who help deliver our events who are also involved closely in the ongoing management of the woodland where we operate.

Sam
SamForest School Leader & Founder of At Play in the Woods
Sam is a father of three soon to be four. Trained with the original Forest School with shared characteristic from Bridgwater College. He is qualified in Forest School Lvl 3 & Leadership, cache qualifications in Play Work, City and Guilds qualification in teaching, behavior in Children. He is conversant in woodland tree safety and management. Sam has ran an after school club and is life long member of Scouting. He was a North Somerset play development officer and set up and delivered Forest Schools in a number of school settings. Completed Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse training, has participated in Child Protection courses. Holds a CRB (DBS) checked by Lions International and has Paediatric First Aid plus Forest School (Outdoor) First Aid qualifications.
Damian
DamianAt Play community leader
NVQ level 3 in Children and Young adults. Has worked with the National Trust on an volunteer placement with the warden team. A Foundation Degree in Wildlife and Countryside Management. Damian is a father and has a long time love for being outdoors. Level 2 certificate in Practical Environmental Skills. Food Safety and NPTC Level 2 in Chainsaw and Brushcutting
Gary
GaryAt Play community leader
Father of 2 grown up girls. Member of Clevedon Lions, has the following qualifications: First Aid at Work, Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene, Basic Health & Safety, Avon & Somerset Police Counter-Terrorism Awareness Level 2 – Food Safety & Hygiene for Manufacturing.
Enjoys working with children of all ages and has a DBS and is a licensed chaperone with North Somerset Council and the best washer up in the world!
Jo
JoAt Play community leader
Jo is a mum of one who joined the team in March 2019 and regularly helps run toddler mornings. She has a love of nature and holds a BSc in Archaeological Science. Although she will be starting her PGCE in September she will still be helping out throughout the school breaks as she hopes to combine her Archaeology and Science skill set to lead forest school activities in the future.
Paul
PaulSite Team, PR & Media Manager
Without Paul we would be not even be off the ground he’s been involved from day one behind the scenes. Helping with filming all our videos and keeping Sam on the right path.
Credit given where credit is due. A family man who gives what time he can to our projects and helps out whenever he’s able.
Kenn
KennWeb & Site Team
Kenn has been with us from the start helping dig out rivers and marking out pathways. Along with being a part of the working team, he is also helps when it comes to the website and running of the online booking system. A great supporter of everything we do and willing to chip in with anything that needs doing.

WHAT PARENTS SAY

“Children see magic because they look for it. At Play In The Woods helps provide that for them! Thank you”

Sally-Ann

“Thank you for making my childs birthday one to remember. Sam & the team kept all children going from start to finish!”

Clive

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