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Dreamcatchers Forest School

Dreamcatchers Forest School

Dreamcatchers Forest School 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.

Current Status: October half term activities will be here before we know it! Book your fun day sessions with Helen.

How Forest School works

Children and young people come to Dreamcatchers for sessions lasting from 1 ½ hours up to full days.  On Saturdays at our Paradise Fields site we are usually open between 9am and 2pm and sessions can be arranged to fit with the parent’s or carer’s time-frame.  In the week we provide Dreamcatchers Forest School after-school clubs, working together with schools in West and North Oxfordshire.

In school holidays we also hold Dreamcatchers Club and Family Fun-days.  On family fun-days siblings and parents or carers can also take part, helping to strengthen relationships and the wellbeing of the whole family. The holiday schedule is sent out to all our members close to the date so that you can choose what to take part in.

The project is based on Forest School themed interventions, encouraging children to explore the great outdoors through hands-on play and outdoor learning, concentrating on sensory inputs and allowing them to take risks.

Our small groups have a high ratio of staff to children, enabling us to adapt activities to each individual’s needs.

What activities are on offer?

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

A session might include:

  • Woodland arts and crafts, eg woodland mobiles and clay tree faces
  • Nature walks involving bug hunts and woodland scavenger hunts
  • Gardening
  • 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)

Who can we support?

Dreamcatchers Forest School currently supports children aged 5-15 who have a disability or are on the SEND register, and children with social, emotional and Mental Health problems (SEMH).

Why should I join?

Forest School activities help children develop greater social skills, independence, problem-solving and imagination, learning about risks and how to manage them safely, while having fun!

Guideposts Dreamcatchers makes the benefits of Forest School available to children who rarely have this kind of access to the outdoors and nature, providing a safe and supportive environment with our team who adapt the activities to each child’s specific needs.

Key Info

Day & Time: Saturdays, 9am-2pm

Address: Paradise Fields, Curbridge, Witney, OX29 7DH

Contact number: 01993 893 560 / 07970 335 059

Email: HClarke@guideposts.org.uk

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Forest School Planting Terrariums and Bulbs
Dreamcatchers Forest School Making Terrarium
Dreamcatchers Forest School Decorating Plantpots

“He loves being able to express himself in an environment where he feels so comfortable. He has made so many creations with you, he always comes out feeling proud and with a beaming smile.”

Ethan’s Mum

“They love the freedom, getting dirty, digging holes and doing all the things they can’t do at home.”

Charlie & Mark’s Dad

How to join?

You can sign up to Dreamcatchers: Forest School for your own family, and we receive referrals from social workers and family liaison officers. Schools who would like to work with us are also welcome to get in touch.

You can either send us a general enquiry by email, or complete the Care Form to apply. If you would like assistance completing the form please let us know.

We’ll get back in touch within 3 working days to arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone and you can ask any questions to see if this is the right service for you. You may be able to come and see a session to get a taster of what we do.

We would then create a plan together so that we understand the child’s needs and agree on some goals.  For the first sessions the parent or carer might stay to help your child feel comfortable with us.

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