FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is the minimum age to take part?
A. We work with children from reception age, though for birthday parties we accept 6 upwards (younger siblings are warmly welcomed). For holiday workshops and Home Education sessions, children attending are normally 7 upwards.
Though please call the team on 07738708880 to enquire about younger participants.
Q. What are the minimum and maximum number of participants?
A. Minimum of 10, maximum number is dependent on the type of workshop offered but for a 4 hour holiday workshop the maximum would normally be 10 to 15 with 2-4 volunteer or SE instructors.
Q. Do Parents normally stay during the workshops?
A. Mums and Dads, Grandparents are very welcome during birthday parties – especially when celebrating the younger ages and are encouraged to join in with the fun! During Home Education sessions some parents like to stay until their child settles in – which we very much encourage. We find children attending during holiday workshops normally prefer their own freedom to explore and enjoy the activities. All our instructors have Enhanced CRB/DBS Police checks, First Aid training supported with plenty of Encouragement and Common Sense.
Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?
A. Yes, to secure your booking you will need to pay a 50% deposit, unless advised otherwise. Please make cheques payable to Cotswold Forest School and posted to CFS, Shambhala Sunshine, South Cerney, GL7 5UL or BACS payments to HSBC sort code 40-17-25 Acc.No. 21541846 – please give you surname and date of workshop on the transfer details.
Q. When do I have to pay the balance?
A. On the day, by cash or cheque. Sorry, we are currently unable to accept any card payments. Q. Do I have to pay for any extras on the day? A. There are no hidden costs.
Q. Can I just turn up without booking?
A. No, In line with our Child Protection Policy all sessions need to be pre-booked unless advertised.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Old clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor activities and weather conditions are essential. Wet weather gear is not provided. N.b – the woods can get very muddy in the winter!
Q. Is food and drink provided?
A. We kindly ask for parents to provide food and healthy snacks for all workshops. Please refer to our Birthday Party header for further details.
Q. What happens in bad weather?
A. Unless the weather conditions are deemed hazardous by our staff, then rain or snow does not stop the Cotswold Forest School Adventure! Parents will be informed as soon as possible in the event of conditions deemed too poor to continue (Normally, due to high winds).