2021-2022 Home Education Sessions

We have restarted our in-person educational sessions at the zoo for Home Education Families.

Due to potentially unforeseen changes of Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines beyond Colchester Zoo’s control there may be unforeseen changes to session dates and/or topics, or sessions may be cancelled.

Registration details, including how to book located further down this page.

Education sessions for home educated children

These sessions are aimed at families who home educate. If you are a teacher at a school, please see our school page for more details (click here). Sessions require pre-registration. Unregistered children will not be allowed to participate. Home education classes are designed to build on one another, and you can (if registered) attend all the age-appropriate sessions, or if you prefer, just register for one or two.

These sessions do not include entry to the zoo. There is no fee for the sessions, but participants must arrange entry separately either by paying standard entry fees (click here for prices), organising themselves with 15 people to qualify for our group rates (click here for group details), or using zoo passes (click here for details)(recommended if you plan on attending more than one session) to gain entry to the zoo.

Regular Session Topics 2021-22

Sessions will run on three days each month (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), the sessions offered are identical on each day. Each day will have a session aimed at 5-7 year olds, 7-11 year olds, and 11-16 year olds.

5-7 year old sessions take place at 1:00-1:45 pm
The 5-7 year old MONDAY sessions are fully booked. Wait list is available. Spaces still available on Tuesdays and Wednesday.

7-11 year old sessions take place at 2:00-2:45 pm
The 7-11 year old MONDAY, TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY sessions are fully booked. Wait list is available.

11-16 year old sessions take place at 3:00-4:00 pm
The 11-16 year old MONDAY sessions are fully booked. Wait list is available. Spaces still available on Tuesdays and Wednesday.

Click below to download a PDF of all the session topics, and a description of what will be covered for each age group.

Session Dates for 2021-22:

  • September – Mon 6th, Tues 7th, & Wed 8th
  • October – Mon 4th, Tues 5th, & Wed 6th
  • November – Mon 1st, Tues 2nd, & Wed 3rd
  • December – Mon 6th, Tues 7th, & Wed 8th
  • January – Mon 17th, Tues 18th, & Wed 19th
  • February – Mon 21st, Tues 22nd, & Wed 23rd
  • March – Mon 21st, Tues 22nd, & Wed 23rd
  • April – Mon 25th, Tues 26th, & Wed 27th
  • May – Mon 9th, Tues 10th, & Wed 11th

Session Registration

Participants must be registered a minimum of 2 days prior to the class. Please fill in the following registration form and send via email to education@colchesterzoo.org to register for the sessions.
After your booking form has been received by our education team, you will be sent a confirmation email to the email address you provided confirming your registration for the sessions. Please read the confirmation email carefully, as while we strive to place you in your first choice day of the week, this is not always possible.

Terms and Conditions:

Covid-19: Sessions are being offered based on current government guidelines and restrictions. Please be aware, that due to potentially unforeseen changes of restrictions beyond Colchester Zoo’s control (including but not limited to: zoo closure; no mixing indoors of different households; maximum numbers of adults mixing; etc.) there may unforeseen changes to session dates and/or topics. Additionally, based on these government guidelines and restrictions, sessions may be cancelled. We will strive to keep any registrants updated in these circumstances.

Age to Attend Sessions: The sessions are divided into different age groups because this lets us tailor the session to include terminology and activities which are better suited to different age ranges. However, the ages we provide are just guidelines of where we will be targeting the information/activities, not firm requirements. To ensure the smooth running of the session, and for the benefit of all participants, we request younger/older children do not attend if they would be disruptive to the rest of the group.

Adult Supervision: All children attending sessions must be accompanied by an adult.

Minimum Class Size: Colchester Zoo reserves the right to cancel a class, no less than 4 days prior to the first class of the month, if registration is under five participants. In this event, you will be notified via the email you provided when you registered. You will also be given the option to attend the other date the same session is offered (e.g. if the Monday session is cancelled you would be offered a space in the Wednesday class if you so wish).

Maximum Class Size: Classes have a maximum of 25 participants. If a class is full, you will be put on a waiting list and contacted if there are any cancellations. Being on the wait list does not guarantee you will be able to attend the session.

Unattended Sessions: If you are unable to attend a session, please inform Colchester Zoo via email (education@colchesterzoo.org) as soon as possible. This will allow them to contact someone on the waiting list to let them attend. If you repeatedly do not attend sessions you are registered for, without letting the zoo know, you may be removed from future sessions.

Please note – Home Education sessions are free of charge. However, Registration for sessions does not include entry to the zoo. Participants must arrange entry to the zoo separately; either paying entrance price, organising themselves independently into a group of 15 (to qualify for group rates), or using zoo passes (gold cards) (see above for further details).

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