Local charity Education Futures Trust is offering free outdoor courses and clubs in Hastings. Its new ‘Go Wild!’ project aims to get children exploring and enjoying nature with after-school clubs, holiday activities and parent-toddler groups.

Modern children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. The huge rise in indoor, technology-focused activities has led to our lifestyles becoming increasingly sedentary. Some reports even suggest that children tend to spend less time outdoors than prisoners! The roaming distance children are permitted to play unsupervised has shrunk by 90% in 40 years. Video games, the pressures of school work, parental fears and a decrease in green space have all contributed to a decline in ‘wild play’, leaving our children divorced from nature in their formative years.

The Education Futures Trust after-school woodland club and school holiday outings give children the opportunity to learn navigation and survival skills, indulge in woodland handicrafts, make new friends and otherwise have lots of playtime in the forests. The parent and toddler course also gives parents the opportunity to learn new ways of engaging with their children and nature.

Regular contact with nature has been proven to improve health and wellbeing in people of all ages. Forest school groups led by Education Futures Trust have consistently resulted in improved confidence, self-esteem, resilience, independence and social skills in participants.

The free courses are funded by Sussex Community Foundation and Sussex Coast College and also supported by Church in the Wood and local Tesco community champions. The project will be launched with a free Woodland Fun Day for children aged 8 -14 on February 14th with the after school club and parent and toddler course starting on 21st February. Courses will take place in Church Wood, a spectacular ancient woodland between Hollington and Robsack.

For more information or to book a place contact Charlotte at Education Futures Trust.
Call 01424 722241 or email [email protected]

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