Wildlife Trust launches new group for nature loving tots

Even more pre-school children in Leicester are getting in touch with their wild side as Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust opens up another of its popular Wild Tots groups.

The club for under-5’s has been set up as part of the Trust’s Wild Forest School Project, which received significant funding earlier this year thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. After a successful launch last year, the Trust now provides five different Wild Tots group sessions across Leicestershire. The latest opened at the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arboretum in Knighton where the waiting list had grown substantially for the existing group held there.

Children get to take part in a range of Forest School inspired outdoor activities, from wildlife-themed games and minibeast hunting, to treasure trails and storytelling. Sessions go ahead as planned come rain or shine, with children encouraged to have fun outdoors whatever the weather.

Martha Rose, education officer at Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, commented: “It’s great to see how popular our Wild Tots sessions have become. The children all love getting outside, having fun exploring the world around them and learning about the joys of nature. Young people today often have limited opportunities to play outdoors, particularly those in urban areas, so we’re incredibly grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making these sessions possible.”

As part of its Wild Forest School Project, this year Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is working with eight different primary schools, as well as home-educated and nursery groups across Leicester to provide fun and imaginative sessions to promote outdoor learning. The Trust is also running a number of Wild Play sessions during the school holidays for youngsters and their families to attend.

All sessions are coordinated by qualified Forest School leaders and activities are carefully designed to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation, while building communication skills and confidence. To secure a space or find out more about Wild Tots or the Wild Forest School Project, please visit www.wildforestschool.org.uk or email Martha Rose via mrose@lrwt.org.uk.