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Kinda Education CIC Intergenerational, Democratic, Nature Based Education

Coronavirus Support

Kinda Forest School - part of the Kinda Education CIC are currently offering " Kinda Interactive TV" zoom sessions to those who are unable to attend due to enable continued connection to the woodland and the 'Kinda Tribe'.

Our staff have completed Covid Pandemic related certificates - including courses covering the possible mental health impact of lockdown and isolation.

We have put everything in place to meet Government guidelines as well as meeting the Forest School Association Criteria. We continue to review our procedures as guidance changes.

Our risk/ benefit analysis is a working document and we have been back running groups in the woods since July 20.

General Details

Kinda Education is an organisation for intergenerational, democratic, nature-based education.

Kinda Forest School is part of The Kinda Education CIC who work within woodlands and wild areas to promote and deliver learning support with equality, kindness and reconnection at its core.

Community

Experienced Kinda staff gently support the child or young person (YP) to find their space in nature and community. By nurturing a sense of belonging through a culture of kindness and care, youngsters gain confidence to look beyond themselves, to the woods, for inspiration to learn. They gain momentum to self-initiate projects that interest them. Camp fire cooking, gardening, woodland conservation, woodwork, art and writing are a few examples, all of which have personal social, emotional, practical and educational benefits. ‘Elders’ -our retired skilled volunteers- help to form an important intergenerational structure. They bring with them a wisdom and calm that comes with age and are often found chatting or making around the fire circle. Adding choice and time for the children and YP to simply sit and chat or craft around the fire.

Sustainability Using permaculture principles, imitating a natural ecosystem, we work with the children and young people to build a productive and sustainable woodland inspired by the web of beneficial interactions that exist between plants and other animals. We will work with the seasons to observe and manage the woodland sustainably.

Connection Using traditional forest school child-led activities – typically building, whittling, crafting, story-telling, singing, foraging, discussing, climbing and cooking on the fire – we nurture confidence and emotional resilience. Supporting connection with nature, each other and ourselves.

This provider was Quality Assured in 2020 and is now an approved provider by Suffolk County Council's Quality Assurance and Provider Development Team - find out more here.

Who to contact

Name
The Kinda Team
Position
Directors
Email
info@kindaeducation.org
Website
https://kindaforestschool.wordpress.com
Social Media
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Address
2 Yarmouth road
Hales
Norfolk
Postcode
NR14 6SP
Notes

Please email us on Info@kindaeducation.org and we will forward your email to the correct person for your enquiry.

Where to go

Name
Kali woods
Address
Beccles Road
Holton
Halesworth
Suffolk
Postcode
IP19 8NQ
Area served
Saxmundham, Beccles, Ipswich, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, North Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, Halesworth, Kessingland, Stowmarket, Southwold, Bungay, Lowestoft, All Suffolk, Mid Suffolk, Leiston, East Ipswich, North Ipswich, Woodbridge, Waveney, West Ipswich
Venue Website
https://kaliwood.wordpress.com
Parking available
Yes
Parking details
We have limited parking available but ample space for drop offs and collections.
Transport
Halesworth has a train station and regular busses. Kali woods is a short walk or cycle from the town centre and we can arrange pick ups from the station if agreed in advance.
Restrictions to access
Kali woods is off a residential track. Please come into the gated area to park or drop of your child or young person.
Notes

Kali Woods is a 5 acre  coppiced woodland with a compost toilet (Clarissa), and a wooden cabin.

We have a small car park and drop off area.

It is important not to block the access road due to residential traffic and farm machinery using the track.

Days & Times

Groups meet on different days of the week.
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
Our session length and time differs depending on the group. We currently meet on Tuesdays
Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Other details

Cost Details
Please contact us for costs and availability.
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

Kinda Education is open to all. Please contact us for details of the process if you are a parent/carer or a referrer.

Age Groups
Pre-school, 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Accessibility
Wheelchair Access

Accreditation website
https://www.forestschoolassociation.org
Accreditation details
We are members of the Forest School Association.

Notes

Kinda Education is available for all.

Please contact us if your child or young person has additional needs so that we can develop an individual support plan to address meeting needs.

Service users involved in planning
Yes
Each session is planned the week before by our groups. We listen to and observe our service users interests, we use this information during all planning. We work in a democratic way holding community central to our planning process. We ask for feedback and ideas and act upon them.
Last Updated
26/08/2020

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Together staff have over 90 years of experience of working with children and adults with varying needs. Our team are constantly upskilling and continuing their professional development.

Amongst us we have the following- plus more- qualifications and training.

  • BEd Primary Teacher
  • BEd Secondary Teacher
  • PTTLLS Education and Training
  • Nationally Endorsed Forest School Tutor
  • BA Art and Wellbeing
  • Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors level 3
  • Forest school Practitioners Level2 and Level 3
  • Understanding Behaviour that challenges level 2
  • Understanding Autism Level 2
  • Mental Health Issues Level 2
  • Understanding anxiety
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Epilepsy training
  • Understanding children and young peoples mental health level 2
  • Covid 19 understanding anxiety
  • Communication and Mental Health

The above goes with

  • Safeguarding
  • Food hygiene
  • First Aid
  • IOSH managing safely
  • Prevent
  • Safe handling

And many nature and bushcraft qualifications.

all our staff take part in in house training on the Kinda Education Pedagogy.

 

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