Many people believe that there is no such thing as ‘bad weather’ only ‘the wrong clothing’. Our Forest School sessions and events run in all weathers (the only weather that may put a stop to sessions are lightening and extremely high wind. In order to have a positive experience, children need to be dressed appropriately, so old, inexpensive clothes are most suitable. These guidelines should help:
- Waterproof Jacket – essential in autumn, winter & spring but useful all year round.
- Waterproof trousers – essential in autumn, winter & spring but useful all year round.
- All-in-one waterproofs are very useful, especially for younger children.
- Layers – more in winter (3 or 4 is fine – 2 isn’t enough!) e.g. Vest, T-shirt (long sleeved), long sleeved jumper / hoody, coat/ waterproof jacket.
- Long trousers (shorts are not appropriate due to the nature of the woodland, with stinging and scratching hazards).
- Wellies / other waterproof boots (2 pairs of socks in winter), strong shoes / trainers available for all seasons.
- Wooly hat (much heat is lost from the head).
- Gloves, preferably waterproof (extremities do get cold in winter).
- Spare socks.
- Sun screen / sun hat (in summer).
We have a duty of care for your child and we make every attempt to ensure that they are dressed appropriately (using spare resources where possible). However we will not be able to take children if they are inadequately dressed.
Leaders hold an outdoor paediatric first-aid qualification and carry a well equipped first-aid kit.
If you have any concerns then please contact us where we will be pleased to discuss them with you.