The Play Safety Forum and the Health and Safety Executive have each recently published their recommended formats for Risk-Benefit Assessment and Risk Assessment respectively
Learning through Landscapes have launched a new FREE CPD resource: “Developing school play times to support the curriculum and nurture happy, healthy children”.
The Wildlife Trackers website provides a game and activities with the following aims:
1) We believe that children have to a large extent lost the connect with nature that they used to have and this game has the aim of improving general basic knowledge of common creatures in the UK through reconnecting kids with nature
2) To use technology to reduce the amount of screen time kids get by encouraging them outdoors
3) To give parents, schools and other organisations an easy to access, free tool that makes it easy and fun for them to support kids in connecting with nature
To find out more and to sign-up visit the Wildlife Trackers website.
Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is a free downloadable, resource bank and accreditation scheme which supports all those working outdoors with children
BS 8848:2014 – Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities, outside the United Kingdom.
This specification can be purchased in pdf or hardcopy format from the BSI shop.
It may also be possible for Local Authority employees to gain free access to this document via the info4localgov website. Employees would need to obtain a username and password from their Health and Safety department, or ask their Health and Safety department to download the document for them.
The Institute for Outdoor Learning has consulted with a range of Outdoor First Aid stakeholders to establish the current need and to consider what minimum standards for the content and delivery of Outdoor First Aid training and assessment might look like. It is apparent that many of the currently recognised courses delivered by outdoor practitioners for outdoor practitioners contain appropriate content and do so at a variety of levels. From both an employers and a practitioners point of view there is scope to make things clearer by standardising minimum content for these courses. There is also a definite need to provide more certainty around the way in which course content is delivered to ensure skills are developed and assessed in an appropriate environment, as well as acquisition of knowledge. Finally, there is also a need to build on the HSE’s guidance on minimum trainer competency to ensure Outdoor First Aid trainers understand the needs of outdoor and remote environments and that they access appropriate CPD to maintain the currency of their skills and knowledge.
There are several exciting new FREE resources available from FEI Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland
A graphic novel called ‘Earth-Planet, Universe’, about John Muir is now completed and will be distributed to every secondary school in Scotland.
This guide explores the links between school grounds and children’s health, wellbeing and learning and offers practical advice on how to develop school grounds in which children can thrive.
The John Muir Trust have published an on-line resource guide for Outdoor Learning.
View the Resource Guide: Outdoor Learning.