Squirrels - 4 to 5 years

We’re starting a new provision for four and five year olds called Squirrels, to help young people gain skills for life at a time when it matters most and where it's most needed

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Squirrels are new newest and youngest members of our Scouting Family. 

Squirrels offers the best of Scouts – learning by doing and getting into the great outdoors – combined with early years best practice of storytelling, routine, and play. It’s a huge leap forward for us: our first new age range in 35 years. And it is a key part of our response to the challenges facing young people.

Squirrels comes at a time when inequalities in our society are all too clear. So we’re:

  • Helping 4 and 5 year olds gain key skills like communication, teamwork and resilience through structured play and story telling.

  • Giving them a sense of achievement with great role models and a positive environment encouraging kindness and aspiration.

  • Strengthening the bond between parents or carers and their children by encouraging family volunteering

  • Creating closer, more connected communities with volunteering at the heart


Where do Squirrels meet?

Currently there is one Squirrel Drey in Central Notts, located at 1st Farnsfield. We are working with groups within the District to look to increase this number. To express interest please email us media@centralnotts.org.uk If you are interested in volunteering as part of this or any other of our sections then please get in touch.

Why now?

Research from Ofsted tells us that the young people hardest hit by the pandemic are not developing the basic skills and learning they need. Early years children have returned less confident and more anxious after lockdowns. Squirrels offers skills for life when and where it’s needed most. This is our opportunity to help enrich the lives of young people, preparing them for a brighter future. We’re offering this brand new programme, with wellbeing, kindness and social action at its heart.

How do I express my interest?

Please contact us and let us know you’re interest in your child joining Squirrels in Central Notts.

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