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The Quiet Child & The Boisterous Child – space for both

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Every child is unique. We can look at their characteristics and as parents are often guilty of pigeonholing them.  How many times have you been in the park or playground and had another parent comment about their child “He’s a quiet boy, isn’t he” or even worse when someone makes a call about your child “typical boisterous boy today at school.”  

There is nothing wrong with this, some children can be very inclined to bounce around a lot and chat, whereas others prefer their own company or small groups.  There is a place at The Outdoors Project for all children, shy, confident, energetic, gentle, full of gusto.  What often surprises parents is when children return home from our clubs describing activities that otherwise the child typically would not lean towards. We love it when this happens.

“My kids attend the After School Club.  My shy son has become a confident and comfortable participant who has attended for years.  Both absolutely love this club and I am so pleased it gives them the opportunity to play unusual and stimulating outdoor games.”

The Outdoors Project gives children a chance to be leaders, investigators, become curious about the world around them and learn something new at almost every session.  

When children arrive at the Holiday Clubs there is always a real mix of personalities.  Some come with friends, some with siblings and many on their own, often not knowing anyone at the holiday club.  We start off with group games that involve lots of running and no need for too much face to face chatting which helps those who may find that too intense with people they don’t know.  

We love children coming with their friends to clubs but ensure that those on their own are included in group activities from the very start.  At the start of the day the children are split into groups (usually by age), this is not set in stone, if the children want to stick with a friend or sibling or if they want to switch groups half way through the day, of course they can.  

Our leaders are experts in reading children, nothing will surprise them (or very little), they know when to let children resolve their own conflict and when to step in, they can spot the really confident children straight away and utilise these children by mixing them up with the more reserved children.

The instructors will stay with that group for the day and are on hand to guide and engage both the quiet and methodical as well as the loud and livelier to  participate in the activities in a way that suit their personalities.  The variety of activities mean that children have lots of opportunity for different ways of being involved.   Some activites are structured, such as firelighting or require some level of strategy or discussion to win such as Nerf, this encourages team chat and often the quieter children come out on top here as they sneak past their opponents showing clever tactics.

“My son is always a bit anxious or nervous before going but as soon as he is there, he has a wicked time. He really enjoys the themes and activities and the staff is super friendly and make him feel at ease. I super recommend!”

Being out in nature slows children down, they have the opportunity to examine the smallest details and, in our After School Club sessions they begin to notice the change in the seasons in more detail each time, something that during playtimes they often don’t tune in to.   In their busy lives, being out in nature has never been more important for our children, quiet, loud, funny, shy, all children are welcome at our clubs.

We look forward to welcoming you to one soon.

"My son is always a bit anxious or nervous before going but as soon as he is there he has a wicked time. He really enjoys the themes and activities and the staff is super friendly and make him feel at ease."