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Sgeirea (Skerray) Gaelic meaning: ‘Between the Rocks and the Sea’….

Welcome to our home in a remote crofting hamlet on the stunning north coast of Scotland

The Wee Wild bunch project offers structured outdoor play and learning sessions for 0-4 year olds and is run by Lauren Stevens, an Ecotherapist, Forest School and outdoor play practitioner. Come along and join Lauren this Spring and Summer for songs, stories, games, craft and creative play with your wee one/s. There is always the opportunity for messy play and to relax in a hammock as well as learning about the world around us. Sessions begin with a welcome song, then we might explore, play games and perhaps make something crafty. We then have time for snack and more games or craft and finish with story and song. The learning is child led so throughout the session, your child will be able to choose and to explore their own learning as well as taking part in more structured activities if that is what they are would like to do. Our Bed and Breakfast guests are welcome to book onto a session too!

Dates: May 19th, June2nd, 16th and 30th), July 7th and 21st, and August 11th .  All sessions are on Thursdays, 10 am to 12 noon and 1-3pm. Download our poster here.

Our main camp is in the woodland garden at Between the Rocks and the Sea (Skerray) and we may also walk and explore around the surrounding area, playing games and using all our senses to have fun and learn about being in the outdoors.

Cost: The cost after the taster session is £10/session for one adult and child, £2 per extra sibling or adult. This includes a drink (hot chocolate or squash) and snack, sometimes around the campfire!

What to bring and other info: Please make sure you come prepared for all weathers, the sessions are outside rain or shine. There will usually be access to a simple outside shelter. Please ensure that your child has adequate sun protection (if needed) and warm layers- it is shady in the woodland area so it can be chilly even on a hot sunny day. Also, please make sure that you are adequately prepared- layers, waterproofs and good footwear- no crocs, sandals, flip flops please! Long trousers are a must. It is recommended that you wear long sleeves. You are welcome to bring a pram/pushchair although it may be a bit muddy. Please be aware that you are responsible for your child during the session and bring any personal care requirements for your child. There is a toilet in the house you are welcome to use. Please bring any snacks your child may need during the session.

Booking is essential for all sessions including the taster session on the 28th April. Places are limited. To find out more or to book a place, contact Lauren on 01641 521728 or by email. You can download the booking form here.

Comb or neave island

We love the group activities and have particularly enjoyed games where we hunt for things i.e pine cones or string for craft activities. We also loved hide and seek and the British bulldog game. Alfie is also very engaged by story and song time at the end of the sessions. I think the sessions are really well balanced with group activities and time to explore on our own.We have felt really relaxed in the woodland environment from day 1 and I can see how Alfie’s confidence has grown over the weeks. There is so much for the little ones to explore and take in that they are exhausted by the end of a session and sleep really well! Alfie is normally asleep before we’ve left the car park which is great! The project has given me loads of ideas of things that I can do with Alfie at home including treasure hunts, water play and any kind of play that in involves sticks or hula hoops.

Anna, parent at a previous preschooler project

My favourite things were when there were things for Ben to discover such as the sticks, hammocks and bottles hanging from the trees, hula hoops and the different “stations” with mud and water play. I also liked the games of hide and seek and finding the pine cones as this gave more opportunity to explore. I was really surprised at how attentive Ben was during the stories too – he never focuses that much at home so I think they were really good and a great way to end the session as it can be hard to get Ben to leave somewhere when he is right in the middle of something so this gave a natural end.

Kate O Shaughnessy, parent form previous project

For more information, or to book a place on the Wee Wild Bunch

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Between the Rocks and the Sea
22 Achtoty
By Thurso
KW14 7TH

Tel: 01641 521 728