Many leaders feel unsure about working with children in the garden. However, if a few simple rules and procedures are followed this is a safe and rewarding activity.
Things to remember In advance:
- Confirm local health and safety considerations with LEA.
- Carry out a risk assessment, including health and safety measures.
- Ensure that there is a safe area to work in.
- Ensure that an appropriate ratio of supervising adults will be present.
On the Day:
- Check the area again on the day of the activity to make sure there have been no changes, or any new hazards.
- Do a safety talk and demonstration for both children and assisting adults before the activity starts. This should set boundaries and ensure the safe use of equipment.
- Make sure health and safety measures are in place.
- Ask the children to be careful when using any gardening tools – with regard to themselves and others around them.
- Monitor the activity as it takes place to ensure that it continues to run safely.
- Make sure that children wash their hands immediately after the activity and before eating or drinking.
- Ensure that the children who take part have appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.