We have specific memberships aimed at local Childminders and Nursery Schools. We want to help ignite the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, through appreciation of our native wildlife and natural woodland. The park provides a fantastic outdoor setting in which children can develop a respect for living things and the natural world, whilst extending their learning and encouraging them to take safe risks in all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Learning.
 
An all year-round membership allows you to re-visit animals throughout the year and enables you to look at patterns in the natural environment from the new-born wild boar, shedding of deer antlers through to the hibernation of our brown bears. From short visits making use of the extensive play equipment to full days armed with lunchboxes and drawing pads, Wildwood is a perfect addition to your curriculum.
 
Here's a brief summary of why Wildwood is the ideal learning experience for your children;
 
Set in ancient Woodland
  • Immerse your children in our natural woodland habitat.
  • Experience seasonal changes first-hand.
  • Accessible pathways and ramps throughout the park.
 
Lots to see and do
  • See our collection of rare and threatened species of animals from Britain’s past and present; from owls, badgers and foxes, to bears, wolves and beavers.
  • Large adventure playground with fort, zipwire and slides including our amazing 26 foot vertical drop slide.
  • Newly developed younger children’s area and dedicated under 5’s play area.
  • Free animal talks suitable for all ages; a chance to see our animals a little closer and find out more about them.
 
Other Facilities
  • Restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Picnic area if you wish to enjoy your packed lunch amongst the trees.
  • Ample free parking, minibus area and dedicated disabled parking.
  • Toys, gifts and local produce all available in our shop.
     
You can also download a park Risk Assessment here to help plan your visits.
 
Prices
Childminder Membership - £59 per year
Nursery Membership - £189 per year
 
To apply
If you wish to apply, please download and complete the relevant application form below and return to the Membership Team via email at membership@wildwoodtrust.org or by post at: 
 
Membership Team, 
Wildwood Trust, 
Herne Common, 
Herne Bay, 
Kent, 
CT6 7LQ 
 
Childminder Membership
Information please click here
Terms & Conditions please click here
Application Form please click here
 
Nursery Membership
Information please click here
Terms & Conditions please click here
Application Form please click here
 
Testimonials
Here’s what some of our childminders and nurseries say about us;
“Running, climbing, hiding, chasing, exploring, navigating, laughing, playing!!! And this is all in the play park before we get to the animals.”
“As an outdoor nursery our membership with Wildwood was an obvious choice. A perfect exploring environment for the Early Years.”
 
How can we help tie in with EYFS learning?
At the Wildwood Trust, we understand that every child is unique and constantly learning from their surroundings. To see how we can help you further with all seven areas of EYFS learning, click here
 
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and speak to one of the team on 01227 712111 to discuss how to start your very own childminder or nursery adventure with us.
 
We look forward to you joining us on our wild adventure together.