Joining Lancaster Cohousing

Cohousing: Raising children in Community

What do families think of living in Forgebank?
To find out what our children and their parents think, watch this film:

Community Life

Some of the benefits of raising children in Cohousing according to parents of some of the younger children….

and parents of our teenagers…


There is a varied choice of schools in the area.  Also some of our children are part of the diverse and supportive home education community in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Primary schools

A few of our children are at St Wilfrids C of E Primary school (a 15 to 20 min walk). Others attend Lancaster Steiner School and Quernmore C.E (VC) Primary School. Other fairly local schools are Nether Kellet Community Primary School and Skerton St Luke's CE Primary School.

Secondary schools

Children from the village go to many different Secondary Schools.  Last year the largest proportion (of the Primary School leavers) went to Carnforth High School but this varies from year to year.  Rural High schools within bus distance are

Lancaster schools include


At Forgebank….

There is some informal swapping of childcare between parents as children go to play at each other homes – spontaneously or pre-arranged.

Pre School

For pre-schoolers Rachel Donald is a highly recommended childminder in the village.  There is also a nursery and a preschool.

School Age

The Halton Kids Club, at the centre, is great and convenient for paid childcare, before or after school, if necessary.

In the school holidays there are often holiday clubs at the Centre at Halton, and in Caton.

Local facilities and Activities

There are plenty of different hobby opportunities for children in Halton, Caton, Lancaster and throughout the District.

The Halton Community Centre is a fantastic resource on our doorstep; families and young people travel from across the district to use it!  It includes a skatepark, quality outdoor play areas, a café with playspace for small children and a Multi Use Games area (MUGA).  It holds events and there are many regular classes and activities.

Organised children’s activities available in Halton (as of May ’17)

In nearby Caton and Lancaster there are many more opportunities such as self defence, Woodcraft Folk and gymnastics.

Salt Ayre Multi Sports centre and swimming pool is within cycling distance, and there are swimming lessons at 3-1-5 health club about 2 miles away (along the cycle path)

Leighton Moss RSPB reserve in Silverdale is easily accessible by train and has activities and clubs for different ages.

Find out More…..

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