Garden Safety for children

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.