Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a session?
A welcoming, relaxed environment; experienced, friendly leaders and a chance to explore the natural world.
Who runs the sessions?
All sessions are run by experienced educators who are fully insured and have an up to date DBS certificate.
Where are the sessions?
What if I have a medical condition or allergy?
All relevant medical conditions and allergies must be declared prior to the session – we will ask you to fill out a consent form which asks for this kind of information. Then our leaders know to make any adjustments to craft materials and snacks.
What happens in wet weather?
Forest School is an outdoor activity so be prepared to be outside! We do have access to some indoor space in case of sudden extreme downpour or cold but expect to be outdoors for the entire session. Activities will be messy and wet whatever the weather so please dress accordingly
What should we wear?
In the summer, we recommend long sleeved top and trousers, a hat, and good sturdy shoes.
In colder weather, lots of thin layers, including thermals if you have them. This keeps you warm while enabling you to move around easily. Add a hat scarf and gloves when it gets really wintry. Waterproof trousers and wellies are a good idea so your child can enjoy getting muddy. Top tip: have the trousers over the wellies rather than tucked in.
It’s helpful to bring a change of clothes with you, as even in full waterproof gear your child can get soggy to their skin if they’re really going for it!
Please don’t forget to dress yourself appropriately: it’s easy to get your child perfectly kitted out and then realise you’ve turned up in smart white trainers and a light jacket!
We have a clothing guide which you can view here.
What if a child or adult has an accident?
A risk assessment is written for the session, we are outdoor first aid trained and always have a first aid station on site. In an emergency situation we will call the emergency services. Canopy Forest School has public liability insurance.