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….

  • “We have a very sociable child, who enjoys playing with other children, and this is a great place for that.”
  • “The thing my child likes most about life in Community is: access to other children, pedestrian street, interesting places to play e.g. woods, river. Playing with other children in the Common House after meals, and having other adults willing to let the children play with them in their houses.”
  • “There are nice opportunities to help within the Community, whilst having fun, e.g. Community work parties, cooking (in our Common House), SUMA delivery order (for the Community shop).”
  • “We have several small play areas / equipment for younger and older children in the community and the woodland nearby.”
  • “Access to the Makerspace and the opportunity to use tools that we would not buy ourselves.”
  • “It is easy to go with other families to events and car share (orienteering, play in the park, fireworks).”
  • “There is great, safe cycling to Caton/Lancaster.”

and parents of our teenagers…

  • “A variety of people to interact with in Cohousing, which would not happen in a traditional home. The informal conversations that happen over meals covering anything from art to music, engineering to climate change that expand a young persons views.”
  • “The combination of hyperfast broadband and easy access to the wilds of the Dales, the Lakes and the Forest of Bowland provide abundant entertainment and activity for teens in the community.”
  • “The chance for my son to work in/for Halton Mill doing marketing and organising events.”
  • “Interacting with all ages - playing with the younger ones, being asked to do childcare for families, make cakes for events, and helping with IT issues.”


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.

  •  “Options for childcare are great - often neighbours are willing to babysit. We do pay the young adults when they are around or have arrangements outside cohousing.”
  • “My child has a great relationship with some of the adult neighbours, so he sometimes spends time with them.”

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)

  • Dance
  • Beavers, cubs and scouts
  • Enjoy a ball
  • Football
  • Art

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.

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