Dreamcatchers Forest School

Guideposts Dreamcatchers Forest School Project provides children and young people with additional needs the opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural environment through hands-on play and team-building in Woodland locations in Oxfordshire. This project is supported by Children In Need.

The project is based on Forest School themed interventions, encouraging children to explore the great outdoors through hands on play and outdoor learning.

Activities are ‘child led’ and ‘adult facilitated’. Sessions offer a range of fun and learning activities, based on the child’s interests.

Activities Include:

  • Woodland arts and crafts (including woodland mobile’s and clay tree faces)
  • Nature walks involving bug hunts and woodland scavenger hunts
  • Fire lighting and cooking on campfires
  • Shelter building
  • Learning new skills such as knot tying and how to use tools safely
    (bow saws, loppers, palm drills)

“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment…”

Forest School Association

Who do we support?

Children from low income families who also have a disability or on the SEND register.

Low income families:

  • Children in receipt of Pupil Premium (referred by school)
  • Parent or carer is in receipt of the following benefit-
  • Income support 
  • Job seeker’s allowance
  • Child tax credits (not working tax credits)
  • Child is in receipt of DLA

Children with a disability:

  • On the SEND register (Previously school action / school action plus)
  • Statement of SEN / EHCP
  • Diagnosed with a disability
  • Ongoing Investigation of possible disability / SEND

Children with social, emotional and Mental Health problems (SEMH) including (but not limited to):

  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Conduct disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harming and suicide

What are the benefits?

  • Enjoyment of the outdoors and nature
  • Learning about risks and how to manage risks safely
  • Greater self-esteem and confidence
  • Freedom of choice and greater independence
  • Improved communication and social skills
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Improved concentration and motivation
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • New friendship
  • Team work
  • Sense of achievement 
  • Have fun!

To find out more and make a booking, please contact Forest School Lead
Helen Clarke, HClarke@guideposts.org.uk or call 01993 893 560 or 07970 335 059.