The Forest School Leader ‘Lorna Barker’ is an Early Years Professional and has had 25 Years experience of working with children. She also holds nationally accredited Level 3 Forest School qualification and is therefore fully trained in leading a Forest School programme and undertaking risk assessments for various Forest School activities. Lorna also has a full paediatric first aid certificate and has undertaken additional training in outdoor first aid procedures. In addition to these vocational qualifications Lorna has the following qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) in English & Sociology
  • MA in Social Work
  • Early Years Professional Status

Prior to each Forest School session the Forest School Leader will ensure that:

  • Full risk assessments have been undertaken.
  • Insurance is in place.
  • There is a fully charged mobile phone available.
  • There is a First Aid box and accident forms available.
  • There is the correct ratio of adults to children in each session.
  • That a register of children attending, consent forms, contact numbers and medical forms are available each session.
  • Helpers have CRB checks in place.
  • That there is a portable toilet, toilet roll and hand washing facilities available.
  • There is a seating area/fire pit available
  • Water for drinking and fire safety purposes available.
  • There is a shelter available or resources to construct a shelter if weather deteriorates.
  • That there is extra clothing and footwear available if children become wet or cold.
  • There are bin bags available for rubbish or for emergency insulation.
  • That a range of tools are available in a clean and usable condition, and that they are kept in a secure container when not in use.
  • That all policies and procedures are followed correctly throughout each Forest School session.

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