Little Bats Story

Let's get outdoors!

Established in 2021, our wonderful Forest School was founded by a small group of passionate volunteers, led by Elanor Gordon. Powered by the belief that being outdoors, interacting with nature and encouraging play can have a transformative impact on young lives, they set about creating an environment in the local Bolton area for children and families to thrive. 

Not every child flourishes in a classroom; and not every toddler has access to an outdoor environment in which to explore and experiment; and it is on this basis that Elanor, Alun and Alex began the journey of building a forest school that could make a real difference for young lives and families in the local area.

" Inclusivity is at the heart of Little Bats. Our team, our families and our partnerships are all based on the fundamental value of being truly inclusive to all"

Elanor Gordon

What is Forest School?

Forest school is an educational approach that involves learning and playing in natural, outdoor environments like forests or woodlands. Forest schools aim to encourage children’s curiosity and creativity through hands-on activities, such as building dens, making fires, and identifying plants and animals.
The approach is child-led, and children are given the space, time, and freedom to explore and learn in their own way. Forest schools also focus on building children’s resilience, self-confidence, and independence, as well as developing their social, emotional, and physical skills. Forest schools are seen as a way to encourage children to connect with nature, develop a love for the environment, and to learn important life skills. For more on this, watch this short video from one of the Forest School Association Directors John Cree…


Meet The
Leadership Team

Elanor Gordon

Director – Forest School Leader 

Alun Morris

Director – Conservation Expert

Alex Worswick

Director – Volunteer Leader

"Lorenzo and Joseph had an amazing time at forest school and hopefully can continue..."

Crystal Hayes


Our Unique

Find out what we want to achieve in the world and how we will go about it from a value perspective…

Our incredible volunteers are the lifeblood of Little Bats Learning. Find out more about them…

Keeping everyone safe is our upmost priority. Find out more about our processes and procedures…

It is literally the book of everything for Little Bats Learning. Check it out for all of the Forest School info…

Where do we operate sessions?

Our latest location is our very own space... click to find out more!

Where do we operate sessions?

Our latest location is our very own space… click here to find out more!

Harvey Family Hub
Seven acres country Park
oldhams family hub
St Chad's Community Hub
Great Lever family hub
The Roost at Bright Meadows

Play is often talked about as it it were a serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood"

Fred Rogers


Proud To Be An Award
Winning Provision...

Winner Lancashire Bee
Mindful Awards 2023

Winner Bolton Health & Wellbeing Awards 2023

Winner Bolton Women in Business Awards 2023

Finalist Bolton Women in Business Awards 2024

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Registered Address

23 Ashley Avenue,

Breightmet BL2 5AR




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