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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Forest School Safety

How do we keep the children safe?

  • A qualified Forest School Practitioner leads and plans every sessions.
  • Full risk assessments are completed at the beginning of every new school year.
  • In addition to this there is a Dynamic Risk Assessment carried out on the site before every session.
  • Risk Assessments are carried out on activities that the children participate in.
  • The  children learn how to stay safe in Forest School and receive detailed training when using tools or the fire pit is in use.
  • We have a higher number of adults to children in each group session.

 Part of forest school is to teach the children about risks and how to evaluate them. The children will be taught about how to source materials, and use tools. These activities will be introduced as and when the Forest School Practitioner observes that the children are ready for them and will be taught under supervision by the Forest School Practitioner. By allowing children to take these measured risks, we help to prepare our children for making choices when they are older and to teach them to be actively responsible for themselves, their choices and actions.