Health & Safety

Insurance
A Touch of the Wild holds Public Liability Insurance and carries out a Risk Assessment for formally used sites. We highly recommend that you look in to purchasing your own Insurance for any unforseen accidents and/or injuries. We are unable to give refunds due to sickness or other family emergencies.

Liability
A Touch of the Wild activities often take place in woodlands and green spaces, so by their very nature are not entirely free from hazard. We make every effort to minimise risk to participants and ensure that Health & Safety issues are identified and communicated. As such A Touch of the Wild accepts no responsibility for accidents or injury and that participants take part in our activities at their own risk. A Touch of the Wild reserves the right to exclude any person whose behaviour endangers themselves or others, and is deemed inappropriate.

Health and Safety
At A Touch of the Wild, we take Health and Safety very seriously. All staff are DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checked, qualified group leaders, first aid trained and carry a First Aid kit at all times.

Participants Health and Fitness
The activities offered by A Touch of the Wild may be strenuous at times, but are within the capabilities of children and adults in good health. Participants should ensure that they are in a satisfactory state of health before booking. Participants are requested to provide any relevant medical and dietary information at the time of booking so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Medical Emergency consent for Woodland Adventure Club & Birthday Parties
I authorise any A Touch of the Wild staff holding a current first aid certificate to administer first aid treatment to my child/children. This may be in the form of minor or major life saving treatment. I authorise A Touch of the Wild to consent to any X-ray, examination, anaesthetic, diagnosis, treatment, and/or hospital care that may be recommended by a licensed physician or dentist. For minor illnesses or injuries, I understand that A Touch of the Wild will attempt to contact the parents/guardian at the earliest practicable opportunity. For major illnesses or injuries, A Touch of the Wild will attempt to contact the parents/guardian before the commencement of any medical treatment, unless the child’s condition is such that treatment must be commenced immediately before contact with the parents/guardian can be made. Even if the parents/guardian cannot be reached, this authorisation remains in full force and effect.

COVID-19 Policy

We are adhering to all government issued guidelines and legal restrictions during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes taking extra hygiene and safety measures. In the case of COVID-19 related cancellation/postponement please see our refund and cancellation policy.

  • Symptoms – We will be asking that anyone who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who lives with someone who does, not to attend the setting. That includes children and staff who work here.
  • Social distancing – We are asking all staff and participants to adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst on site. The planning and set up of activities has been adjusted to allow for this.
    • Circle time activities– To be carried out in larger space away from enclosed seating area, to allow for 2m spacing. Songs, stories etc.
    • Seating– Everyone will be asked to keep a 2 metre spacing if they sit on the benches around the fire for snacks, drinks or rest.
  • Hand cleansing – Cleaning our hands more often than usual. Within our sessions we will be developing routines to ensure children understand when and how to wash their hands, making sure they wash them thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using running water and soap and dry them thoroughly with a disposable towel, or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered. We have set up more tippy taps (to ensure running water for handwashing) around the camp. Asking that you wash your hands on arrival and departure.
  • Catch it, bin it, kill it – Ensuring everyone attending understands good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Equipment cleaning – Implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule, ensuring surfaces touched by children and staff are cleaned regularly, including, door handles and play equipment, see below for details.
    • Tools– All users will be asked to wash their hands thoroughly before and after use. The tool handle will be wiped with alcohol gel between uses.
    • Mud Kitchen– We have acquired multiple sets of mud kitchen equipment. Each set will be left for 72 hours before use by a different group.
    • Toilet–A hand sanitiser station will be placed outside the compost toilet to apply before and after entering toilet/using door handles. Contact points in the toilet will be disinfected between groups.
    • Hammocks – We have acquired multiple hammocks. Each hammock will be aired well for 72 hours between uses by different groups.
  • Food/drink– Food and drink will only be provided where stated. Where it is not provided, please bring all food and drink that will be needed for the session. Where drinks are provided, it would be appreciated if you could bring your own cup/mug. Where food is provided it will be served in individual portions (no sharing of food will be allowed).

Having said all these things, all activities provided by A Touch of the Wild will still have the special element that has been exciting and entertaining so many children for many years!