Our Forest School
The Stacey Centre has its own organic orchard populated with heritage fruit trees including, apple, pear, plum, peach as well as grape vines, strawberries, redcurrants, figs, blackberries and raspberries - to name a few - and we have several raised beds that are at the perfect height for early years children to learn how to cultivate and harvest our organic produce.
We have exciting plans to re-develop an un-used plot of land immediately adjacent the Pre-School's dedicated play patio. This will more than double the area of play space available to our children every day, as well as being able to explore our orchard and the wild sensory garden.
Plans include provision for lots of forest school activities including bush craft, den building and providing natural resources to enhance physical development, including climbing frames, slack line, and the all important firepit cooking.
Tilly Newton: Forest School Leader
Our Centre Manager, who will be expanding on her current role to include that of Pre-School Co-ordinator and Forest School Leader, is already well underway with her accredited Forest School Association training. As a mother of 5 and with many years experience in delivering various workshops to children of all ages, Tilly's ten years experience in running her own small holding makes her the ideal candidate to share her love of the natural world with The Stacey Pre-School children.
Our Pre-School Allotment
We are so excited to be able to add our very own allotment for our Pre-Schoolers. We have prepared the soil, laid out the growing beds, set up a shaded area for our little growers to rest and we have also installed a giant bug hotel.
The children will be planting tomatoes, beans and other produce in the coming weeks, ready to harvest before the end of the Summer term.