Frequently Asked Questions
Nicola has more than seven years experience teaching biology up to the age of 18. She is a Trustee of the Selborne Society and also organises and runs Perivale Wood Rangers. In addition, Nicola is an examiner for Cambridge International Examinations, where she is the Principal Examiner for the Alternative to Practical paper for IGCSE biology and Team Leader for the Extended Theory paper for IGCSE biology.
Gillian is an Advanced Forest School Practitioner. She worked for a leading environmental charity for 8 years and specialised in creating environmental learning resources and running large scale community and corporate environmental events. Gillian has experience developing and delivering education and youth environmental, conservation and gardening projects.
Both Nicola and Gillian have DBS checks and First Aid training. All the sessions are planned with a full risk assessment, available upon request.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about the cost of Mini Rangers.
We highly recommend that children wear a waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers or a waterproof all-in-one suit are also recommended. There are two main reasons for this. The first is protection – from things that can ‘sting and prick’ and the second is for protection from the elements – mud and water! Strong waterproof footwear is essential – wellies are really good in wet/ muddy weather. Perivale Wood has brambles and nettles so everyone coming to the wood (including all adults) must be in long trousers and long sleeved tops with sturdy shoes/wellington boots. Young people can wear their own gloves. We also recommend that you ensure your young person has the appropriate sun protection to include sun lotion applied prior to their attendance and head wear for example a sun hat or a cap. It is very important that all children are wearing insect repellent during the late spring, summer and early autumn.
The entrance to the reserve is from Sunley Gardens in Perivale (UB6 7PE) – a short walk northwards from Perivale London Underground (Central Line) station.
The nearest bus stop is for the 297, and the E5 and 95 both stop on Teignmouth Gardens, a short walk away.
We understand what it is like to be a parent and that children all have different needs. We work towards all children attending without parents/carers but understand that for different children this will take varying amounts of time. We welcome parents to come along if they feel it is what is best for their child but we encourage parents to step back and let the child lead the play.
From 5+ we encourage the child to be an independent forest school participant. For forest school to work its magic it is imperative that the child take ownership of his/her learning. It is for this reason that we encourage children to wander, wonder, explore and go ‘off task’ if that is what they are interested in doing. Even if a child seems bored we encourage adults to stand back to let children discover for themselves; if needed we can offer a small prompt/idea.
Yearly membership costs £10 for an adult, £15 for a couple at the same address, £3 per child.
Lifetime membership is £200 and joint lifetime membership is £350.