Explorers Herston

Explorers Forest School

Your children’s happiness and care is of utmost importance to us and at Explorers Childcare Group we go above and beyond to create a safe and nurturing environment for your children to develop.

Children engage daily in a Forest School based curriculum with a qualified Forest School teacher. We are passionate about children exploring and learning through nature , the outdoors and the varied curriculum it provides.
The activities at Forest School are stimulating and challenging, building children's confidence and skills ready for the transition into school through a process of active learning and discovery both indoors and out. Each day, we will spend time at a dedicated Forest School area where the children can explore and learn outdoors.

Back at our indoor base, the children will take part in activities aimed to encourage self confidence and build self-esteem through child-led learning. There is direct access to our outside area which provides a free flow system allowing children freedom and choice about how they learn. Participation in these activities will allow your child to gain independence, learn about managing risks, improve mental well-being and build social relationships with their peers and trusted adults.

As part of embedding our ethos that Explorers Forest School is an extension of your family, it is very important that you feel as welcome and integrated into the pre-school as the children. We hold an open door policy at all times and all you are welcome to drop in and tour the facilities and talk to our practitioners who are supporting our children.

Forest School is offered for children aged 2-5 years. Wraparound childcare is offered before school to primary aged children.

Our opening times are: 8:00 to 3:00pm Mon-Friday (term time only)

We are closed on bank holidays, school holidays and teacher training days.

Wraparound Care

Childcare for children before and after school.

This wraparound care option is for breakfast club, with drop off and pickup from St Marks School, Swanage. Children can relax in our home from home environment and have the time and space to complete homework, play and learn.

Breakfast Club includes the provision of a healthy breakfast, setting children up for a full day at preschool or school.

After School Club includes a healthy snack, which children are encouraged to prepare for themselves. A range of activities ranging from homework support, gardening and Forest school. Woodwork, construction and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

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My daughter has been attending Explorers for a year and half now. When I come and collect her, she runs away to the playroom because she wants to stay longer! When I go to work, I don't worry about her at all and look forward to hearing all abut her fun day. She clearly loves it.


I have been using Explorers for over two years and would highly recommend the service. Natasha and her staff are always friendly and professional providing flexible childcare options. The activities provided are varied, stimulating and fun. My child rarely wants to leave. 


About Us

We want to help prepare your children for their brightest future. Explorers Wraparound Childcare is leading the field of complete childcare through our dedication and commitment to all our children's needs. We offer high quality wraparound childcare and education, in a nurturing, caring, secure and stimulating environment across two sites within Swanage. Supported by highly trained staff, the focus is on the individual needs of every child, with children at the centre of everything we do. We encourage all children to reach their highest potential by offering a varied curriculum which is tailored to suit a range of needs and support each child in their development.

We know that choosing the right nursery for your child is a very personal and important decision. Explorers is here to support you and your child and to help them develop into confident and caring individuals. We create a fun, happy and nurturing environment which feels just like an extension of your own home.

We are a locally run group where children are truly at the heart of everything we do.

If you would like to know more, please do come and meet us and let us show you what we have to offer your family by completing the form found here:

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