Come and Join us!


Our next open morning will be soon (date tbc). Everyone is welcome, but please let us know by emailing Adriana (AdrianaG@flosoxford.org.uk), so we know how many people to expect. We look forward to meeting you!

Flo’s Forest School at Barracks Lane Garden

Flo’s Forest School is set at the beautiful Barracks Lane Community garden.

We are open

Tuesdays to Thursdays

from 9.30–2.30 term-time only.

We accept 2, 3 or 4-year-old funding.

To express your interest, please complete our Request to join form.

For more information, please email Adriana here

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Term Dates 2024

We are closed for half term week from Friday 24th May until Monday 3rd June.

We reopen on Tuesday 4th June for Summer Term 2 and our last day of term will be 24th of July.

We then welcome everyone back in September, exact date tbc.

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Our Approach

The Setting

The Setting

Barracks Lane Community Garden

Our sessions unfold in an idyllic environment. Fruit trees, aromatic herbs, vibrant flowers and herbs. We have also adopted a raised bed to grow our own vegetables. This hands-on experience allows children to witness life cycles and, perhaps even cook them one day!

Our Unique Program

Our Unique Program

Rooted in Nature

Every day is different than the others; sometimes we help making the fire or chopping wood, measuring, sometimes we choose to build dens, ladders to help us climb trees, make boats for our flooded stream, paint, cut, cook (in the mud kitchen or in the real fire!), or simply hang around observing nature’s actions in silence or while chatting away. Endless possibilities are formed in an organic way.

Nurturing Resilience

Nurturing Resilience

through Supported Risks

Taking risks, be physical, cognitive, or emotional, in an integral part of our program. The children at our Nursery are invited to take risks; building obstacle courses to challenge their skills, learning how to use tools, fire making, finding own boundaries and expressing boundaries to their friends while staying safe.

A Haven for All Seasons

A Haven for All Seasons

Our garden boasts a compost toilet with changing facilities, several potties, a child toilet seat and a step to encourage toileting independence. We also have an outdoor kitchen that we can use both for food preparation and for doing arts and crafts while looking at the tree tops from the neighbourhood. The garden has a spacious and incredibly cosy wooden cabin with a clean and effective wood burner; the children help set up the fire every morning in the cold days while others help themselves to books and drawing under warm and cosy lights.

Nature’s Playground Beyond

Nature’s Playground Beyond

The surroundings are exciting and diverse. From the open fields of Barracks Lane Meadow for running and kite-flying to the wild life haven of Lye Valley and Boundary Brook; a deep dark forest filled with wildlife, open fields and charming hazelnut opens. The perfect environment to build dens, climb trees, make tree swings and enjoy storytelling in magical spots.

A Path of Exploration

A Path of Exploration

and Rediscovery

Our long-term approach allows children to develop, revisit and adapt their learning; knowledge is gained through lived experiences, shaped by the natural world around us. We build our own resources to make sense of the routines; we made tree cookies to sign ourselves in and are making the Wheel of the week to bring an open but meaningful structure into our days. Walking Wednesdays is being a star these days!