What should I bring to a session?

The following is recommended for everyone attending a session, depending on season.

  • Woolly hat/sunhat
  • Gloves
  • Jacket/waterproof coat
  • Fleece/sweatshirt
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Spare socks
  • Stout shoes/wellies/boots
  • Sun cream

You are welcome to bring packed lunches or snacks (but due to a number of attendees having nut allergies, please do not bring nuts in to the woods). Sometimes we will cook campfire treats, please make sure we are made aware of any dietary requirements.


Cancelling Your Bookings for Events: 

If you need to cancel your place, please contact us as soon as possible. All cancellations are subject to a 10% admin fee. Cancellations made within 1 week of the event start date are chargeable in full. However, if we are able to fill your space then you will be offered a refund, minus the 10% admin fee.


Health and Safety 

Wild About Learning aims to support children to develop responsibility for themselves and others. It will encourage early risk management strategies that will ensure that young children start to consider the impact of their actions on themselves and on others. 

The Wild One's Leader has an up-to-date certificate in ITC Outdoor First Aid and is in charge of first aid arrangement. All staff have first aid training. A first aid kit is taken on all sessions. 


Safeguarding

Wild One's sessions are led by a trained Forest School Leader who has also been trained in safeguarding, supported by members of staff and volunteers, who have also received safeguarding training. 

Everyone involved in Wild One's is fully briefed on health and safety, risk assessment of sites and activities. Staff and volunteers are made aware of the relevant Wild One's policies and procedures and ensure that they adhere to the guidance contained within them. 

All Wild One's staff and regular volunteers have current DBS checks and first aid training. 



Emergency Action Plan

Should the Wild One's leader become incapacitated, then the second leader will be in charge. If for some reason both leaders are out of action (very unlikely), children are informed that there is a mobile phone in the Wild One's leader bag. Children will be informed that in case of a serious emergency to ring 999, if it is not a serious emergency there is a form with the mobile phone listing all of their parents phone numbers.


Missing Child Policy

The boundaries of the sites will be made clear to the children and they will be expected to stay within them. In the unlikely case of a child going missing, all other children will be brought back to base camp, while the second leader goes to look for the missing child. Parents will be informed.

 

Equality and Inclusion 

During Wild One's all participants are treated equally. We aim to provide a secure environment in which children can flourish and in which all contributions are valued.  We run a range of different groups for different ages and abilities, from parent and toddler groups up to a pensioner social group. As well as our weekly drop off groups we also have dedicated ALN groups organized and funded by DASH.