Health and Safety
A huge part of the Forest School ethos is enabling children and other groups, in our risk adverse society opportunity to take measured risks within the bounds of a safe and controlled environment. Risk assessment is something groups will be involved in from day one, encouraging individuals to take ownership and responsibility for themselves in an age appropriate way. Children and other groups are taught in a very measured and systematic way how to use tools, light fires and play safely in the woods, learning good technique and appropriate behaviours.
Full and formal risk assessments are of course carried out on all aspects of Forest School, our site and all other Wildway experiences. We are fully insured, first aid trained and DBS checked. On booking we also ask for medical details, emergency contacts and permission forms to be completed, this data is protected and kept personal and safe at all times. Our procedures and Policies are available if required in our handbook, where you will also find our health and safety statement, risk assessments and other aforementioned documents.
What to wear….
Winter: Coat, hat and gloves, wellies or boots, waterproofs if you have them. Plus old trousers, shirts and jumpers.
Summer: Light coat, sun hat, sun screen, wellies/boots or trainers if conditions are dry, waterproofs if threat of rain. Plus old trousers and shirts (long sleeved will protect you best from scratches and nettle/insect bites and stings).
Mostly insect bites and stings have little long term consequence, although clearly in the short term a sting from a bee for example is distressing or an ant or mosquito can cause itching and discomfort. People with known allergies to bee stings etc must make this clear on arrival at Wildways and we advise all visitors to be mindful after visiting woodlands, moor and heathlands and some urban parks and gardens of Ticks and Lyme disease.Please visit www.hpa.org.uk/Ticks for more information
Forest School continues throughout most weathers and we have lots of cosy shelters to keep us comfortable, however in high winds, sessions will be cancelled for safety reasons. Cancellations will be posted on our face book page.