How We Ensure Safety
When supported by a skilled and knowledgeable adult, risky play helps children develop critical life skills while building a healthy sense of self early in life.
By attempting risky activities at a young age, children gradually learn how to assess and manage risk at their own pace. They learn the limits of their physical, mental and emotional state and how these elements can affect the outcome of an activity.
By succeeding in the challenge of a risky activity, children build their confidence and self-esteem. Doing so cultivates not only an I can attitude, but also a sense of self-awareness and self-worth that they can carry with them through the rest of their lives.
Here are some important measures we take to ensure the safety of our students:
Position ourselves in areas where we can see most or all of the children at any given time
Complete a daily Site Risk Assessment of our forest school area prior to permitting the children full access to the site
Identify and manage any conditions we deem potentially hazardous
Maintain an open channel of communication with parents in order to address concerns as they arise
Store all tools and cleaning products in either locked or inaccessible storage locations
Identify and discuss safety of any new structure or environmental condition with the children
Check in with children who have been engaged in an independent activity to ensure their safety
Enforce a safe-touch policy for animals and plants that represent a potential health risk to our students
Observe the children’s interests in order to learn more about their individual needs and inclinations, which helps us better anticipate their behaviour
Perform frequent head counts of all children and communicate with each other regularly
Maintain clear boundaries with high visibility flagging tape around the basecamp at all times
Review this the basecamp boundary regularly with children
Stick together as a group so that all children are visible to educators when we do venture outside the basecamp area together
Train children to to run to the nearest educator when they hear the emergency whistle
Bring children inside in extreme weather conditions