This policy outlines the expectation regarding behaviour for all participants including parents/carers, supporting staff, volunteers, visitors and children.
Within a Forest School setting it is important for adults to fully appreciate the extent to which their behaviour also impacts on the development and enjoyment of sessions and outcomes for our participants. As positive role models we need to be self-reflective and non-judgmental in our approach to learning and facilitating Forest School sessions.
We want to make Forest School a place where independence is celebrated and individuals can flourish without fear. Primarily this is driven by communication between adults and learners. Making expectations fair and clear will create a caring and safe environment for children to explore and learn through play within a secure environment.
All adults have a responsibility to help with outlining behaviour that is both socially and morally unacceptable. As adults it is essential that we ensure we take the time to build relationships with our learners and empower them with the skills of self-reflection and responsibility.
During Wildcub sessions Parents/carers are asked to reduce their screen time on mobile phones to an absolute minimum. This will help you observe how your child is playing and learning in a more informed way. This will help you relate to your child and their play (learning). If you have to take a work call that is important please just tell a member of the Wildcat team and they will help supervise your child whilst you do this privately.
We want to promote independent thinking and learning. Structuring time for self-directed play, group tasks & self-reflection will promote learners to develop independent learning skills. In our Forest School setting we are promoting self-reflection by observing situations and not always involving ourselves verbally or otherwise where learners are figuring out for themselves how to approach or achieve a task.
All participants and adults in Forest School should treat one another respectfully. Listening to and following instructions from adults is really important for everyones’ safety. Clear boundaries will be set out and reinforced during sessions. If a child is struggling to manage their behaviour and is making poor choices they will be challenged and asked to reflect on their choice of behaviour and what they could do differently. Should poor behaviour continue, the child will be told to ‘Stop’ and be asked to ‘take some time out’, or ‘redirected to an alternative activity’ and given an opportunity to reflect and cool off.
It will always be preferable to resolve any conflict before parents arrive to collect their child from Forest School. It is the joint responsibility of the Forest School assistant and leaders to share any concerns as they arise and inform parents promptly at the end of a session.
Should a child behave in a manner which is unsafe, a parent will be contacted to come and collect their child, this would be a worse case scenario and would only be done if absolutely necessary.
We want all children participating in Forest School sessions to be free to learn, play and express themselves in a way that is safe, courteous and constructive.