How is health and safety ensured?

  • Health and safety is always a priority at Nature’s Den. We have stringent health and safety policies and risk analysis in place, including our daily checklist that we go through prior to the childrens' arrival.

  • Our teachers are first-aid trained and we always have a first aid kit onsite.

  • We allow children to take risks within a safe environment, because the more risks you allow children to take, the better they can understand their own limits and learn to take care of themselves.


How does this legally work?

  • Under the New Zealand Education Act 1989, children are able to be released from their regular school, with discretion from their Principal, to receive education outside the classroom (EOTC) for one day a week. We work closely with your child’s school and gain permission from the Principal for your child to attend our programme.


How do bookings and payment work?

  • Bookings work on the basis of a minimum one-term commitment, as we value building strong relationships with your child so they feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging. We also need to know who will be attending in advance so we can keep ratios in order, etc.

  • Payment must be received before your child can attend.


What will my child learn?

  • Our curriculum is entirely based around the children’s interests. We value the importance of free play, giving children the space and time to practice what they are learning. Children will maximise their social, emotional and developmental potential through active exploration of the natural environment.

  • Our handpicked teachers and our carefully chosen locations provide many opportunities for children to investigate, manage risks, take on leadership, problem-solve, build resilience, foster their curiosity, develop their social competence and many more skills.


What if it’s raining?

  • We believe in the saying “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.

  • The rain gives children different learning experiences, such as making shelters or sliding down a mud slide.

  • We will only decide not to run if there are severe weather warnings in place. If we have to cancel, you will be credited for the one day.


What is the adult-to-child ratio?

  • 1 adult to 8 children is our maximum ratio. There will always be a minimum of 2 adults to maintain adequate supervision.


Will this work with my child’s school?

  • Yes – once we receive permission from the Principal, your child will then attend their usual school 4 days a week and attend Nature’s Den Forest & Farm School one day a week, following the school term.


What do I need to supply?

  • A nutritious packed lunch and plenty of water – children will most likely burn much more energy than a normal school day sitting in a classroom.

  • A minimum of 2 spare sets of clothes that are appropriate for the season. It is recommended to pack sun hats for Summer, and thermals, warm jackets, gloves, beanies, gumboots and waterproof pants and jacket for Winter. We also ask that you please pack a towel and a bag for wet clothes.