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Maple Kindergarten Forest School

‘In the Open’
Maple Kindergarten Forest School is a brand new outdoor nursery a part of Clapton Park Children's Centre for pre-school aged children (3-5 years old). 
Maple Kindergarten takes place on Hackney Marshes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, term time only. 
During their time at Maple Kindergarten, children will experience all sorts of outdoor activities that help them to build an understanding and appreciation of the woodland informed by the Early Years Foundation Curriculum.
The Outdoor nursery will support children's learning and development through observations, planning and assessing. 
Parents / Carers will have access to Tapestry, to find out what their children have been getting up to and what they have been interested in during the day. 
The team will work alongside parents / carers to support the children to get ready for school. 
Maple Kindergarten Information 

Where: Hackney Marshes – Friends' Wood

Drop off

Hackney Marshes (hedgehog week - forest site stay)  9:00am – 10am

Clapton Park Children Centre (Bee week - Trek week) - 9am - 10am

Pick up

Hackney Marshes 4pm – 4:30pm 


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (term time ONLY) 9:00am – 4:30pm


Early Years Teacher / Forest School Lead

Early Years NEO / Forest School Lead 

Early Years NEO / Forest School Lead 


***Maple Kindergarten will run in all weathers except high winds or thunder and lightning.


Dietary Information

Parents/carers must provide a packed lunch per day (please find attached guidelines on packed lunches)

Maple Kindergarten will provide a healthy snack AM and PM.

Starter Kit

Maple Kindergarten will provide a 'starter kit' for families who wish to rent out a winter kit or summer kit. You will be asked to pay a deposit which will cover the essentials needed for Forest School.

The deposit will cover the following essentials;

  • Full Winter waterproof suit (trousers and jacket) / Summer kit 
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Food Thermos


Applying for a space

If you are interested in applying to our Outdoor nursery at Clapton Park Children's Centre, please fill out the application form below and email it to us at claptonpark@hackney.gov.uk
  5 Options        
Option 1 - 2 days funded (15 hours Band 1)
Mon-Tues OR Wed-Thurs
Option 2 - 4 days (15 hours funded for 2 days and paying for 2 days)
  9.00am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs  
Option 3 - 4 days funded (30 hours Any Banding)
  9.00am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs  
4 Option 4 - Paid 2 days   9.00am-4.30pm
Mon-Tues OR Wed-Thurs
5 Option 5 - Paid 4 days   9.00am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs  
For further details, please contact us on 0208 986 7437.
Please see our fees section attached below for more information on prices.