Health & Safety

At WildAboutWoods Health and Safety is our top priority. Programmes are delivered by a fully qualified and experienced Forest School leader, who is outdoor first aid trained, CRB checked and public liability insured.
Children are fully supervised whilst using the tools with step by step clear instructions to suit all types of learners.

Children attending any WildAboutWoods sessions

In today's society children are 'wrapped up in cotton wool' and have very little experience of assessing risks for themselves, indeed this is all done for them. How many children are told 'don't go near the fire it is hot' but have no experience as to what 'hot' feels like? Or have never held a sharp knife because they might cut themselves? At what age will these children be allowed to use a sharp knife? For many it may not be until they are much older, but then who will show them the correct way to handle this knife or other tools for that matter.

In Forest Schools there are many risks to take into account, from choosing the right site, carrying out a risk assessment of the site, too teaching children to assess and manage risks for themselves. Making sure children are aware of risks and consequences of these risks, is all part of the Forest School learning experience and helps the child develop new skills and builds confidence. tools When using tools the children will be told about the Health and Safety and given a demonstration to show how to use the tools safely. When working with tools such as loppers, knives, and bow saws a safety line or rope circle will be made around the area and the children are told not to cross. Children are introduced to safe tool use gradually to build up safety consciousness and competence.

Fire safety

Children are briefed on fire safety before lighting a fire. In Forest School we have practices sessions where the children learn not to step into the rope circle, and are shown the correct may of kneeling in front of a fire.

Clothing

Children attending any WildAboutWoods sessions will need to wear appropriate clothing. This consists of old clothes (as they may get muddy!) lots of layers usually work best. Long trousers and sleeves as there are brambles and stinging nettles in the woods and Stout footwear or wellies. Always bring a raincoat! It is also good for children of today to learn the importance of the woodland and how to respect and maintain it for future generations. In Forest School we do this through varied activities.

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