Health and Safety

  • Pre Session Site Inspection
  • Prior to each session a sweep of the site and route will be made checking for any hazards or changes. Site risk assessment will be signed and dated and any changes made.
  • Head Count
  • Forest Leader is responsible for overseeing headcount. However the children are encouraged to do it themselves before leaving the meeting point, when arriving at Base Camp, before leaving Base Camp and when we arrive back at the meeting point.

  • Base Camp
  • When arriving on site children set up Base Camp so they have a base to come back to.

  • Boundaries
  • Children are responsible for putting out boundary flags and doing a sweep of the site for hazards which they will place a red flag by to warn others. Should a child go past the boundary markers other children will shout Childs name and STOP! to alert adults. If it happens again after a talk with the child the boundary markers may need to be moved making the area smaller. However by the end of the session they should be moved back again.

  • Exploring
  • Children can explore and investigate within the boundary markers and will return to Base Camp when they hear 1, 2, 3 Where are you? or a whistle blown 3 times.
  • Sticks and Logs
  • Children should only carry sticks that are as long as their arm and as thick as their finger. If they need to transport larger sticks they can drag them or get a friend to help. Logs should be rolled, dragged or carried with a friend.

  • Stones
  • Children are asked to be aware of others and not throw them. They can be used for activities.

  • Rope and String
  • Rope and string is for connecting items together or for transporting materials. Children will be discouraged from tying each other up.

  • Tools
  • Children will be taught how to treat and handle tools appropriately by a trained adult. They will only be used once they are ready. Saws will be used on a 1:1 basis. Potato peelers for whittling on a 1:4 basis (see Risk Assessment).

  • Fire Lighting
  • Children will be taught how to construct a fire circle, build fires and respect the fire circle rules before embarking on fire lighting. Storm Kettles will be used to start with progressing to small fires. 1 adult will always supervise 1 fire. (see Risk Assessment).

  • Food and Drink
  • Children are made aware of the Nil by Mouth policy.
  • Children will use wipes to clean their hands prior to handling food or drink. They will be asked to bring a drink with them.

  • Toileting
  • Children will be encouraged to use the toilets before starting a Forest School session. Should they need to use the toilets during a session at least two children will escorted back to the meeting point by a staff member to use the toilets.