Children & Family


In The Heart Of The Countryside

Nurture in Nature is set in the heart of the countryside and provides a safe open space and access to activities, advice and support for children and families.

Parents and carers asked us to provide small group sessions, where they and their children could “just be!”, have fun, learn new skills, and interact with others in a similar situation, with specialist non-judgemental staff on hand to support.

They asked for somewhere calm, quiet, and open where people would understand their child’s needs and behaviour and where they could relax and enjoy the time without feeling judged, overwhelmed or needing to leave.  As a result, we piloted several groups, and we are now pleased to offer the following activities based your feedback.

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Kids Club

3-hour session for up to 10 children aged 8+ with SEND or additional needs.

Children will need to be able to manage in a group of this size, they will be supported to interact and engage based on their ability. Should they require 1:1 support in addition please contact us to discuss.
The club will include physical activities, games, crafting, cookery, gardening, woodwork and building /making in nature.
We aim to support the children in the following ways:

  • Build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Develop independence.
  • Try something new (including food).
  • Learn skills to cope in social situations away from parents/carers.
  • Learn coping strategies and skills to regulate emotions.
  • Interact with others and develop relationships / friendships.
  • Reduce boredom and time online.
  • We are also able to provide feedback and observations for those undergoing EHCP/ assessments in need of evidence of children’s behaviours.

Lunch drinks and snacks will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

“Really nice and chilled safe environment and lots of things for children to play with”


“The children were allowed to be themselves and to understand how we could relax and have family time”


“We loved it. My son felt safe and loved the toys. Thank you so much for inviting us here”.


“Thank you, today has been so good for my mental health and my children’s health and wellbeing”.


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Family Fun Sessions

3-Hour sessions for families with a focus on supporting families with wellbeing or neuro divergent needs (including autism and ADHD, diagnosis is not required). Extended family members / support networks welcome. We cater for a maximum of 3 families per session to create a safe and supportive environment.

The sessions provide a safe place for you to come together as a family and have fun. They will include physical activities, games, crafting, cookery, gardening, woodwork and building /making in nature. Simply come and relax and take part in the activities or engage with the support on offer. Activities can involve creating resources to use at home, tailored to your needs.

We aim to support you as a family in the following ways:

  • Specialist advice and guidance on techniques that can be used to support children with neurodiversity. These can include strategies for communication, managing complex behaviours and practical tips for supporting daily family life.
  • Specialist advice and guidance including self-care and mindfulness techniques to help with stress, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, tolerance, self-compassion, and kindness.
  • Specialist advice and guidance on emotional regulation, for both adults and children.
  • Building confidence to engage with your children in a social setting.
  • Have time as a whole family to interact with each other knowing support is on hand to manage difficulties.
  • Signposting to other services / agencies
  • 1:1 advice and support as required.
  • Healthy eating on a budget, recipe cards.
  • Feedback and observations can be provided for those undergoing EHCP/ assessments in need of evidence of children’s behaviours.

Lunch drinks and snacks will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

“You are doing a fantastic job.  Your set up is great.  My daughter has loved just being able to be her”.


“Time to relax, enjoy the outside and explore in a relaxed environment. Thank you so much for all your support and for making us feel so welcome”.


“We really liked the free-flow of play and the variety of things to play with. We also liked the size of the group”.


“The children were able to be themselves without judgement. I like that these groups don’t discriminate”.


HAF Programme – Specialist Provision

We are very proud to be a DCC approved HAF provider of the ‘Holiday Activity and Food programmes’ (HAF). This scheme is funded by the Department for Education and has been created to provide support to children in receipt of free school meals throughout holiday periods.

Nurture in Nature supports children with SEND needs. As a specialist provider we cater for groups of 10 children who require additional support in a group setting. The children have a range of different abilities, and our sessions are designed to offer fun, inspirational and interactive activities.

Highly experienced and skilled members of the team encourage children to engage in activities that will help them develop skills, improve confidence, and build relationships. We may also commission external providers or plan trips and outings with the children.

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The HAF funding is for children who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM), irrespective of EHCP or additional needs. Whilst providers are allowed to allocate up to 15% of places to children meeting the extended criteria (click here for more information). We will prioritise FSM children in the first instance. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate 1:1 provision as part of this funding.

When booking we require:

  • A valid HAF Code, showing eligibility of benefits related free school meals
  • The child’s DOB
  • Contact information for parents / carers
  • Dietary requirements / allergies / necessary medical information
  • Information relating to the needs of the child to ensure we can support the child fully with current staffing levels and skills.
  • Confirmation that the child can manage being in a group of 10 and is not a risk of absconding (as we use open spaces for our activities)
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Non-Attendance (guidance from DCC)

Although HAF sessions are free to eligible families, non-attendance results in the loss of a places for other children who could have to attended the holiday club and receive a hot meal. Therefore, please only book your child/ren onto the days they can attend. If you need to cancel, please give as much notice as possible to the HAF club provider by telephone or email to enable us to offer another child a place. If a child fails to attend two booked sessions, we are required to cancel all of their other bookings for the remainder of the holiday.