Little Forest School- Parent & Toddler Group

'Little Forest school' on a Thursday and Friday is fun, creative and educational. The session started as an indoor toddler group, it moved outside bit by bit. It is run by a fully qualified teacher & Forest school Leader. It is aimed at parents and carers with children aged 2-5 years, babes in arms are welcome too! 

The woodland garden has a tree swing, dens, mud kitchen, a mud slide and much, much more. There are hot drinks available, and the session always finishes with a story or a song. Take a look at the gallery to see a snapshot of some of our pre-school sessions. Dress for the mess!


There are 2 sessions each Thursday and 2 each Friday they run term time only.

We group these sessions in 3/4 weekly blocks so that we can keep the bubbles consistent, this is in line with government Covid-19 guidance. Please read our Covid-19 page before you book, to ensure we all stay safe.

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Thursdays 9:15 - 10:15am      10:45-11:45am

Thursdays 9:15 - 10:15am      10:45-11:45am     


£5 per session, per family. 

The Hermitage Woodland Garden 

(Behind the Methodist Church)

Belle Vue



What people are saying...

"Having first-hand experience of Franky's fun and inspiring teaching style with our eldest son, who thrived in her reception class, we feel lucky and excited that our younger son is attending Inside Out Learning, and he loves it".

- Rich Murley

"These sessions are so friendly, interesting and calm. Franky thinks up such a lovely range of original activities which my son loves. He's always so happy to come here. I'm learning lots about how my children play and learn thanks to Franky's wealth of knowledge on Child Development".

- Liz Richardson

"Little Forest School is the highlight of our week. We really miss it in the holidays"

Kate Wright

"My two year old son loves coming here on a Thursday morning. Every week there are so many fantastic resources

to play with and the garden is amazing. The group has a lovely feel and I’ve learnt so much about children’s play and development. Thank you"


- Sally Sholl

"This is a real little gem that I am reluctant to share. It is quite different

to most other toddler groups. The session is calm and organised, the

room is light and the resources are engaging. The children also have

access to an amazing outside space".

-Emma Johnson

"Such a brilliant concept run by an awesome lady. I’m so glad I still have 2 little ones who can experience it and get new ideas for their play. Thank you x"

- Miranda Etheridge

"We had our first session last week and I was very impressed. It was well organised, informative, a very calm and friendly atmosphere and resources which kept my three year old easily entertained. The following day my son expected to return for another session and cried when I said he'd have to wait a week! I think that's telling he enjoyed it as much as me and tomorrow we're looking forward to going again."

-Rebecca Oliver

"My son absolutely loves Little Forest School. There is so much to see and do. It is a perfect space for toddlers to run free. He always talks about the story and is beginning to remember the songs ."

Hannah Taylor

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