Learning Space for 5 & 6 year olds

Juniors- Our Learning Space for 5 to 7 yrs

Free We Learn

The focus for our weekly group for juniors is creating a warm, nurturing, fun and child-led learning environment.

This group enables for the slow and mindful introduction of very young children to our community.

We are here to create a special space for parents and children as they navigate the daunting task of making small, incremental steps towards childhood independence and autonomy.

We like to be flexible and work in collaboration with families to make sure we meet the specific needs of each child. 

This group also helps establish a seamless transition up to the middle group around the age of 7.

The group runs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am to 3:10pm.*

*Please note that we will consider half-day attendance if this is better suited to your child, however, this is dependent on availability. This would be either 9.30am-12.30pm or 12.30pm-3.10pm.

Parents are asked wherever possible not to stay during sessions, however, we appreciate that some of the younger children may need the support of a care giver to settle in. With this in mind we are happy to discuss strategies and support plans as and when the circumstances warrant this.

Please note that during the current Covid-19 situation we are asking parents not to stay at all.

Please contact Emma directly if you have any specific settling in requests or concerns – we will always approach such matters on an individual basis and are open to finding ways that work for each child so if there is anything above that doesn’t suit you/your child’s needs it is always worth getting in touch and explaining your situation. 

Eligible for Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit childcare help or childcare vouchers. 

After a 4 week try out period the sessions are bookable in half-term blocks. 

For details about fees please visit our fees page. 

Sessions are held in the Basement Yoga space at the Birchcliffe Centre and in the Nutclough Woods.

Children are welcome to join us from the September after their fifth birthday. 

A Typical Session for Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

9.30am – 10am – Movement, games and meditation.
10am – 10.45am – Topic Learning Activity 1.
10.45am – 11.00am – Snack
11.00am – 11.30am – Free Play 
11.30am – 12.00pm – Park
12.00pm – 12.30pm – Mastery Time (maths and literacy)
12.30 – 1.30pm – Lunch (with outside play)
1.30pm – 2.15pm – Topic Learning Activity 2. 
2.15pm – 2.45pm – Woods Walk
2.45pm – 3.00pm – Students decide
3.00pm – 3.10pm – Clear up

A range of subjects and skills are covered in a variety of different ways during the topic based learning activities.

Meet Our Educator

Emma Dennis is a qualified teacher and home educating mum. Her daughter is also a part of our community so she is a great person to contact if you want to ask any questions about how she integrates home educating with the democratic learning we offer here at Hebden Learning Community. 

Emma has a background in the Creative Arts and Montessori teaching. She is both warm and fun.  You can find out more about Emma on our Educators page!

For any queries and bookings contact:


We are an Ofsted registered childcare provider.