There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing
Being outdoors for more than a few hours can be challenging, especially considering the vagaries of the English weather!
The temperature in the wood is often a few degrees cooler than on open ground, so it is important to pack an extra layer even in warm weather.
Please check the weather forecast for the location of the Forest School site beforehand and ensure that your child is adequately prepared with a back-pack containing a change of clothes and waterproofs.
Long sleeved tops and trousers are recommended, not only for warmth but also to protect against ‘things that bite, scratch and sting’. One of the risks is ticks, which are found in the area. Please check your child after each session and read up about Lyme disease here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lyme-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx
On booking we will provide a recommended clothing list for the time of year, but in general we suggest the following for any Ironwood Forest School session:
- A back-pack
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Wellington boots or other sturdy footwear (no heels, sandals or flip-flops)
- Lightweight layers
- Thermal underwear (October-April)
- Wool or fleece hat and gloves (October-April)
- Spare pair of socks
- Sunscreen and sunhat (May-September)
- Water bottle
- Healthy packed lunch (no fizzy drinks and limited sugar please)
- Any medication that your child may need to take in a sealed and named bag
Prior to session commencement you will be asked to fill out a contact form so that we can contact you in case of emergency or illness. You will also be required to give any details of medication, allergies, dietary issues as well as any specific learning or behavioural needs, so that any necessary arrangements can be made in advance.
While we will do everything we can to ensure the safety and comfort of each child during a session, it is your responsibility as parent or carer to ensure that your child is adequately dressed for the season.