Home Education & Under 5's

Supporting your family’s learning journey

Home Ed

‘Home Education’ is the phrase we use to mean a young person recieveing an education, outside of a school or pre-school setting.  We include our toddler group in this section and welcome ALL 5’s and unders, regardless of if they are currenty attending a nursery or pre-school and if they will remain at home or attend school.

Rama Youth have become an active part of the Home Education community and know first hand about the rewards and challenges it provides. 

Many families opt to use Venture as a part of their child’s full time education, providing knowledge, skills, social time and phsyical activity. 

Venture Outdoors

0-17 years:
Tuesdays

Child Craft Summer Club Explore Rama LIfe

Forest school mashed with sports day & gardening club

Get outside and active – Young people can access some great educational activities and enrichment resources and adults get all important time to share knowledge and support each other.

All children are welcome.  If you are planning on sending your child to school or if you are home educating, you will find this group the perfect addition to your week.

The aim is to be outside for the whole session – we provide shelter for toddlers in the summer and an indoor space in case of bad weather in the winter.  We have access to a fabulous park and nature area . 

Book on to mornings, afternoon, or bring lunch and do both!

  • Parent/Carer attends with child.
  • Toddlers: Play equipment and toys to build co-ordination, skills and confidence.
  • Older Children: Tools, crafts, nature, sports and games
  • Leader Led Activties in a relaxed environment
  • Tuesdays @ Barrington, Somerset: 10am-12 / 1-3pm

Please note: we use an area open to the public so young people must be supervised at all times.

Venture Juniors
6-11 years:

Thursdays

Child Craft Summer Club Explore Rama LIfe

We start with some games, spend a bit of time discussing the topic and sharing ideas, then move onto our main activity. 

Sessions are five hours long and include a ‘free play’ lunchtime.  We offer a 2 or 3 hour option in the morning, for any young person who will struggle with the full day.  We aim for this to become full attendence in time, but it can be continued with prior agreement. 

  • Young people attend without parents – “independently”
  • Experienced staff, who support Home Education.
  • A chance to learn new skills and build on existing ones.
  • Time outdoors, games, crafts, sport & teamwork
  • £22 per child, per day. (Discounts for partial day available-get in touch)
  • Thursdays @ Barrington, Somerset: 10am-3pm

Venture Seniors
12-17 years:

Wednesdays

An opportunity for older home edders to meet up, catch up and work on skills.  We encourage regular attendence to build confidence and friendships.  Options may include cooking, fire lighting, crafting, mechanics, music, business or life skills.

Sessions are five hours long and include a social lunchtime.  We offer a 2 or 3 hour option in the morning, for any young person who will struggle with the full day.  We aim for this to become full attendence, but it can be continued with prior agreement. 

  • Young people attend without parents – “independently”
  • Experienced staff, who support Home Education.
  • A chance to learn life skills.
  • Encouragement for young people to help plan activities
  • £22 per child, per day. (Discounts for partial day available-get in touch)
  • Wednesdays @ Barrington, Somerset: 10am-3pm

HEC

0-17 years:

Friday

 

Rama Youth are excited to be hosting long standing Home Ed group “HEC”, whilst Covid restrictions are in place.  This is a family group where parents take an active role in educational activties with their children.

Games, toys, crafts, cooking, sport and time outside.

  • Young people attend with a parent or carer.
  • Member of staff on hand to help set up, pack down and assist with activties.
  • All adults get involved with educational activities.
  • Multiple room provision including hall for games and sports (badminton, dodgball etc).
  • First 2 sessions pay as you go.  After this payment is monthly by standing order.
  • £10 per family, per day. (Includes 1 child.  Plus £1 per additional child )
  • Fridays @ Barrington, Somerset: 11am-3pm

F.A.Q.

Where are sessions based?

Most Venture sessions (and HEC) are based at Barrington Village Hall, Barrington Mews, Barrington, Ilminster TA19 0JE.

If you are approaching from South Petherton/Shepton Beauchamp direction:
Drive into the village and pass National Trust property, Barrington Court, on your right hand side.  Please carefully drive maintaining a low speed through the village, past the pub.  You will reach the village hall on your right hand side, you will notice a play park and there is parking directly outside the front door and opposite. Please do not park in the adjoining residents car park (clearly marked).

If you are approaching from Ilminster or Hambridge direction:

You will reach the village hall on your left hand side, you will notice a play park and there is parking directly outside the front door and opposite.  Please do not park in the adjoining residents car park (clearly marked).

Remote sessions will be based at various locations – please see the online booking form for details. www.ramalife.co.uk/bookings

 

What time do Home Ed sessions run?

Session times vary – please see the main listings above for details.

What should my child wear?

Young people attending should wear comfy shoes and clothing that can get dirty.  We could be painting, walking or out in nature!

Are you allowed to run during a pandemic?

Yes, the Government has protected the education and welfare of young people.  Home Education is specifically mentioned in “Out of School Setting” guidlines.

We complete regular risk assesments, have a full Covid policy and anyone sending their child is commited to following the “Covid Parent Agreement” that we supply.

How much does the session cost?

Session costs vary – please see the individual listing above for details.

Please note – The Friday HEC session is being run at low cost to keep it as close to its “parent led” ethose as possible. 
We are limited to numbers attending but you can join a waiting list if we are full.

Do you take photographs?

We sometimes take photos of the sessions and some families appreciate being able to see what their child has been up to through social media.

We never publish the name of a child and if you do NOT want your child to be photographed you can update this on OCM (our online members system).

What does my child need to bring?

Your child needs the following:

  • Full water bottle
  • Packed lunch and snack
  • Waterproof Coat
  • Waterproof Trousers (or spare trousers)
  • Wellies (if its been raining or due to rain)

If attending April-September:

  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Cream (optional for hot weather – please apply at home and if brought, child needs to apply themselves)
  • Spare clothes or wet suit for wet games

If attending October-March:

  • Warm Hat and Gloves
  • Wear Layers
Is there anything my child CANNOT bring?

Young people cannot bring:

  • Nuts or nut butter in any form
  • Fizzy Drinks (teens can bring one can, no energy drinks please).
  • Electronic Devices (see note below)
  • Soft toys are currently discouraged due to Government guidlines.  If essential these need to remain in their bag.

We understand that some young people will carry a mobile phone – this is fine, but needs to remain in their bag, on silent and we do not accept any liability if lost, damaged or goes missing.

We ask all young people to talk to leaders if there is a problem and leave us to contact parents if necessary.

Are Venture and HEC Covid Safe?

Yes, we follow Government guidelines to ensure we are “Covid Safe”.  This includes a safety talk at the start of each session, regular hand washing including on arrival, before and after eating and departure.

We wipe surfaces regularly and spend lots of time outside.  If we are inside we ventilate the space.

Young people are not expected to socially distance, but are asked to give each other personal space.

Our staff take every effort both at work and in their home life, to reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

We complete regular risk assesments, have a full Covid policy and anyone sending their child is commited to following the “Covid Parent Agreement” that we supply.

How do I book?

You can now book Venture, online here.

Friday’s “HEC” session can be booked by emailing us direct

 

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What Our Families are Saying

Venture for teens

The older Venture session is my favourite day of the week.  We get to discuss things and the leaders encourage us to say what we think.  We end up learning from each other as well as them.  I have made some really good friends and everyone gets on.  My favourite thing to do is going out for a walk, cooking and talking.

Venture for 7-11 years

My daughter has attended for a half day session for a few months and has now built the confidence to stay for the full day.  She loves spending time with friends, playing in the park, taking part in activties and learning in a relaxed environment.