What is the difference between Alma Forest and other learning programmes?
Alma Forest takes place outdoors. Children are supported in their independent learning interests through the exploration of the natural environment. The objectives of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of the United Kingdom are incorporated into the activities of Alma Forest.
Where are you based?
Alma Forest will run its programme from Pinar del Rey.
Pinar del Rey is a natural forest located just northwest of San Roque, residing in the municipalities of San Roque and Castellar de la Frontera.
What are your timings?
Monday to Friday
What happens if it’s raining?
Then we get to jump in puddles and an array of new learning opportunities arise! We follow the old Norwegian saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing”. So, if it’s raining, dress your child appropriately, with a rain jacket, boots, warm socks and weatherproof pants and send a spare set of warm clothes. It is a great chance for your child to explore and discover how our land changes in all seasons. Our children quite often say that wet days are the best days.
We are also fortunate to have skilled educators who are quickly able to put up cosy shelters, especially for the wettest and coldest conditions. Using large, lightweight tarps that we rig up to provide wind-breaks and extra protection, we can ensure a sudden downpour does not disrupt our activities.
If, however, the weather is deemed ´extreme´ (high winds, hard rain, lightning and thunder) based on our risk assessment, then we have access to indoor facilities.
What is the ratio of teacher-to-child?
The teacher-to-child ratio is 1:7. All staff are Forest School trained. Our high teacher-to-child ratio enables a more personal approach to learning. Thus, ensuring children are easily monitored for their learning interests and capabilities.
What happens in case of an accident?
Children who are used to playing outdoors are far less likely to injure themselves. They have developed a natural risk assessment process and are more stable and understanding of their capabilities than children who do not often spend time in such an environment.
The health and safety of our children is paramount, and it is standard procedure that daily assessments are carried out to control and minimise risks.
We do however have procedures in place for incidents and an evacuation plan for emergencies. All Alma Forest practitioners are outdoor first aid certified.
Do you have insurance? If so, what does it include?
Yes. We have civil liability insurance which is comprehensive. Fees also go towards personal accident insurance for your child.
What about toilet facilities?
There are toilets available to us within the indoor facilities.
Do you offer transport?
If this is something you would like, then please do get in touch with us and we can advise you accordingly.