The wonder of learning through nature.

Welcome to Green Sprouts, an outdoor parent and child group for children from 1-5 years of age every Friday 9:30-11am  

At Laurel Farm, finding time to experience nature is of high priority. We believe that the closer to nature, the happier the children will be. Free to explore natures riches, the children’ senses are heightened, which enhances their creative and imaginative play.

We know the benefits of learning in the natural environment and that children need to play, to experience space and movement and sensory stimulation for healthy development. The Green Sprouts experience perfectly promotes sensory child-led outdoor play, encouraging and stimulating curiosity, exploration, understanding and self-reflection – and this is true for children of all ages.

Our focus is on ‘the whole child’ and helping them develop at their own pace in their own way for optimum learning. Since the children are able to develop at their own level, they can freely develop their creative play, their high self esteem and confidence, good language social and communication skills, necessary skills to keep themselves safe and essential skills for the future.

Surrounded by nature.
During our sessions the children and parents will start by saying hello to the ducks, hens, the beautiful rooster and the sheep. Then we will take a walk through the woodland to the Magic Glade. There we will have a snack around the camp fire, the children will be able to jump in puddles, chase butterflies and clamber over fallen branches, make mud pies and imaginative potions, smell flowers, rain and damp leaves, listen to bird songs and the wind in the trees. Learn a new craft or play in our woodland area and join in our weekly songs. There is no wrong way for the child to play, no toys to give up, no rush, no activity to move onto. Outside, children can’t be too noisy, too loud or move too much!

We end the session by gathering together in the circle for seasonal songs and a puppet show.

Please make sure that you and your children are suitably dressed. Long trousers, long sleeved tops and sturdy shoes are a necessity for protection from brambles, nettles, ticks etc.

The session at Green sprouts are run by Emma McGuinness. They cost £12 per session when drop in or £60 for half term block booking(£10 per session) it is £5 extra per session for any siblings who are walking.      

What shall I bring?
  • A healthy snack to share.
  • Suitable outdoor clothing like waterproofs.
  • Sling or suitable off road buggy if required to help get up the hill