Jumping Beans History

Jumping Beans at the heart of the community. Jumping Beans has been an integral part of Hampden Park since  opening its doors in 1993 as a registered charity. At this time we ran from a church hall in the Broadway moving to our current location in Parkland Infant School in 2008. Since being on these premises we have expanded from mornings only, to all day. We now have two rooms where we cater for children from the age of 2 up to school entry. We work closely with the reception teachers to enhance the childrens physical, emotional and social wellbeing. We also share the outside environment where the children can all interact together.  We hope you and your children will feel welcomed, included and happy here. come and join us to meet new friends, play and learn together.

Forest School

Forest School is holistic learning through play and exploration; children learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. During Forest School children will build a shelter, light a fire and use green woodworking skills to create and build objects from the woodland around them.

They will use full size tools; learn the boundaries of behaviour, both physical and social, establish and grow in confidence, self‐esteem and motivation. 

Balaceability

“The Balanceability programme offers children a great opportunity to become competent cyclists at an early age through the development of balance and control. The programme is made up of progressive learning experiences, with fun ways to learn to cycle on balance bikes. This programme is a foundation for cyclists of the future, through which young children can practise and achieve the balance needed to ride a bicycle, but without the encumbrance of pedals.”

Patricia Maude MBE, lecturer in physical education at Homerton College, University of Cambridge and author of Physical Children, Active Teaching.

Cooking

We run weekly cooking sessions with the children to encourage healthy eating. Beanie Bear our resident chef teddy bear goes home regularly with ingredients for parents to try at home. our parents upload the photos on to their child's Tapestry account (which is our online Learning Journey) then we can share the child's home cooking experience with the rest of the children at Jumping beans