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Forest School

Health & Safety

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♥ Keeping your children safe is always our top priority √

 

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Daily risk assessments are carried out by a qualified staff member who will assess the environment, activities, weather and children's stage of development to ensure that activities are suitable and that the challenge of the Forest School is balanced against the risks.

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The Health and Safety of all learners and leaders is central to everything done within a Forest Schools programme. 

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Forest School Leaders are fully trained in risk assessment and emergency outdoor first aid; and tackle the issue of safety by carefully explaining how to avoid accidents by teaching the children and adults how to use tools correctly whilst giving the children lots of opportunities to practice activities safely.

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Every Forest School will have:  

♦ Health & Safety policy √

♦ Sessional and Daily Risk Assessed Site √

♦ Risk Assessments for Activities √

♦ Trained Adult Helpers √

♦ First Aid and Emergency Equipment √

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Our Forest School is purpose built and designed to the highest standards.  We enjoy light and airy surroundings and have a large enclosed outdoor area which we are able to use as an 'outdoor classroom' for exploration and investigation, as well as for fun and physical activities.

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Some of the activities the children may participate in are 'higher-risk activities' (such as campfire cooking or tool use).  However, these activities are not available to the children until certain behaviours and boundaries are established. 

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Children are encouraged and supported in recognising and managing risk for themselves, through real life situations and experiences.

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"In their play, children learn at the highest level" - (Early Years Foundation Stage) 

 

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