Forest School Policy & Procedures

Policies & Procedures for Forest Schools

Behaviour Management Policy

To ensure the safety of all children attending the Forest School session it is of vital importance that the Forest School Rules are followed at all times. Children will be encouraged and supported to understand these and the importance of them at each session. Short simple activities and games will be put in place at the beginning of each session to reiterate the understanding of our rules. However if the Forest School Practitioner feels that a child is not cooperating and placing themselves and others in danger, we will ask that your child is accompanied by an adult during these sessions. This enables the ratios to remain safe and allows all children to continue with the session.

Advanced Forest School Sessions

Once the Forest School sessions have been established and the children are confident with their surroundings and their individual abilities, we will start to introduce equipment such as basic tools to support and further develop their sessions.

The Forest School Leader will discuss the importance of safety and demonstrate the safe use of the tools first. These tools will then be introduced in very small groups with support from the Childs key person.

Campfires are a fundamental element of Forest School sessions. The children practice how to stay safe around the fire by playing games several times before the fire is lit. Only when the Forest School Leader believes that all children understand the importance of listening and staying safe, will the fire be lit. Staff members will be placed around the fire to ensure full supervision at all times.

First Aid

To ensure safety of all children and adults taking part in Forest School sessions all staff are Paediatric First Aid qualified plus some members of staff hold specific Outdoor First Aid certificates, a specific two-day Forest School First Aid course that focuses on outdoor injuries.

In the case of an accident occurring the following procedures would be followed and all staff are made aware of these before participating in any Forest School sessions.

In the case of an adult/staff member having a minor injury

  • The Forest Schools Leader will administer First Aid and monitor causally.
  • The staff member is to fill out a adult/staff accident form and inform the nursery management on their return to the nursery.

In the case of an adult/staff member having a major injury

  • The Forest School Leader will administer irst id.
  • The adult/staff member will phone an ambulance giving details of their location and then inform the nursery.
  • The other adult/staff members will collect the children together, reassure them and take them back to the nursery.

In the case of an child having a minor injury

  • The Forest School Leader will administer First Aid and monitor causally until they are ready to re-join the group.
  • The witness and First Aider will fill out a form and inform nursery management on their return to the nursery.

In the case of an child having a major injury

  • The Forest School Leader will administer First Aid.
  • The child’s key worker will phone an ambulance giving details of their location and then inform the nursery to inform the parents.
  • The other staff members will collect the rest of the children together and reassure them and take them back to the nursery at the

    appropriate time.

Hygiene

On a Forest Schools site we do not have access to running water. To maintain hygiene before the children are offered a snack or drink we will encourage them to use hand gel.

Toilet

Although toilets are available at our current sites we may at time use other environments where toilets are not available to use. In this case we have a disposable toilet that is placed in a tent, to provide privacy and to act as a portable toilet. Hand gel is provided after to maintain hygiene.