Educating Communities Outside

About The ECO All About Us


ECO Centre staff are passionate about nature-based learning and having fun outdoors. We promote positive experiences for both children and adults.  

Our aim is to provide an environment that enables a sense of well-being for all.

Look forward to seeing you soon. 

 

Educational Visits

Looking to escape the classroom for a one-off visit or arrange a regular programme that boosts children’s progress over a term? Contact us to discuss your needs – your learning adventure starts here!

We work with Early Years settings, schools, colleges, universities and home educators to provide exceptional outdoor learning experiences.

A person-centred approach is at the heart of our practice – where we support individuals of all abilities to get the most out of nature based learning.

Our educational programmes cover the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 at our woodland site using a Forest School ethos.

The bespoke sessions support national curriculum/EYFS requirements through diverse outdoor activities that connect children with nature in a meaningful, hands-on way.  Join us for storytelling, singing, exploration, discovery, bush-craft, survival, adventure, team games and purposeful play in the exciting environment of the ECO centre.

We aim for every child to have a safe, inspiring and enjoyable visit where self-esteem, confidence and social skills are promoted. Each session is differentiated to suit the ages/abilities of the children, fully risk assessed and planned by our experienced staff. We can accommodate most learning themes and topics within the natural rhythm of our outdoor sessions.

 


 

Parents/Carers as Partners.

We support schools and EY settings to offer their families exciting opportunities to get involved with their children’s education. Why not contact us to arrange a Family Event at our site?

We also provide inspirational Family Learning courses throughout the year – please get in touch to discuss your needs further.

 


 

Continual Professional Development

We offer training with a difference – experience the wonders of outdoor learning whilst reflecting with colleagues on key sector topics such as – promoting boys’ progress, supporting babies and toddlers outdoors, leadership and management skills, understanding behaviour, facilitating meaningful Observation Assessment & Planning strategies. A full day of training starts at just £20 per person – get in touch to talk about your training needs

 


 

ECO to you

We can come to your setting/school with our equipment and resources to run taster activities in your grounds.  
We have lots of experience of bringing outdoor activities to schools to support the children's learning.  So whatever your facilities we have the capability to bring topics to life using the outdoors. Our activities can be linked to curriculum topics that relate to the outdoors and the natural world.  Whether you are looking for a one off session or regular PPA cover or enrichment clubs - contact us for availability.

We are happy to attend meetings/assemblies/events with our display stands or give talks about our work.

Looking for outdoor learning environment consultancy? We can support you to develop your school/setting grounds – get in touch to discuss your needs.

 


 

Flourishing Families

Our Lottery funded’ ‘Flourishing Families’ project is enabling us to provide an innovative programme of activities at the Eco Centre and out in the community. We believe that children learn so much when they are outdoors - gaining a sense of freedom to explore, learn through play and make friends in a friendly and positive environment with their trusted adults. 

Our family activities celebrate the seasons and make full use of the beautiful ECO Centre’s sensory offerings – bird song, wind, rain, shine, life cycles, habitats, colours, patterns, textures and smells.   

We invite children 0-5 years and their accompanying grown-ups to take time to connect with nature and each other.

 


 

What to expect

Perfect day for a daydream, watch the clouds and the trees in the breeze with your little ones.

At our toddler group we play with mud kitchens, we dig, we dance, we get mucky, make potions, build dens, play imaginary games, enjoy toasting marshmallows whilst we sing campfire songs and read stories together before venturing on a bear hunt or other adventurous discovery.

And of course, we may even retreat to the cosy indoors of our log-cabin amongst the trees

Places must be booked in advance.

 


 

Wild Gang

Look out for our seasonal themed activities during school holidays aimed at children of all ages accompanied by adults. Experience and explore nature together, take part in self led trails and ECO staff led activities. Our annual Halloween and Christmas events are always fully booked – spend a memorable day with us creating dens, making natural crafts and learning about the woodland creatures at the ECO Centre.

See the events page for our next Wild Gang gathering.

 


 

ECO Home Education

The ECO centre offers outdoor learning sessions for children aged 5 to teenagers and their parents/carers; following children’s interests and nurturing a love of nature. Get in touch to find out more.

 


 

Childminders

Childminders are welcome to attend our toddler group sessions through our normal booking process.  
If you would like to book a private session for a group of childminders and children, with a particular EYFS learning focus in mind then please contact us to arrange a session.

 


 

ECO Community

At the ECO Centre we aim to support individuals to reach their full potential through engaging outdoor and nature based experiences. We are passionate about supporting the needs of the local community – providing individuals with the skills and opportunities to move towards their goals. Join us for

  • volunteering and social experiences
  • advice and support with mental health issues
  • employability and skills training
  • Short breaks and provision for individuals with learning differences and or disabilities
  • access to a host of information on further opportunities available in the community

 Let the great outdoors start a great new chapter in your life; get in touch we would love to meet you.

 


 

ECO parties

ECO Centre staff can lead team social events and fun children’s birthday parties, aimed at having fun and relaxing outdoors.

 

Typical social event and party activities:

  • arts and crafts
  • campfire cooking and barbeques
  • woodcraft
  • team games
  • bush-craft and survival

 


 

ECO Team Building

The ECO centre can support personal and team development to enable more effective working towards common goals.  A range of team building packages are available; suitable for businesses, students and volunteers.

 


 

ECO community clubs

We work closely with numerous local groups; including Skegness Scouts, Guides, Skegness Triathlon to name but a few. The ECO Centre provides the perfect setting for fun, adventurous and relaxing pursuits. 

 


 

Community Garden 

Thank you for voting for our community garden project in your local TESCO store. We are delighted to have been awarded grant funding and are excitied to begin work on our community garden in the few months. Get in touch to become a volunteer on the project and to register your interest in our Growing Group.