About Us

All of Nature Days advisers are; experienced first aiders, qualified teachers, have received risk assessment training, A level examiners and coursework moderators and are Disclosure checked. Nature days has public liability insurance to provide a range of educational experiences.

Dawn Thomas is one of our senior advisers has over 20 years experience as a field studies provider and advisor. She is a qualified teacher, Forest school trained and has a range of countryside management skills.

Nature Days is Covid secure.

FAQ
What are you doing to ensure you are Covid secure?
Nature Days is following all government guidelines and adjusting locations and activities so that social distancing can be maintained. Locations will be thoroughly risk assessed and additional facilities for hand washing implemented.
As the virus is more difficult to transmit outdoors all our field trips will be undertaken outdoors with maximum distance from any members of the public.
Risk assessments are in place for Covid and Nature Days will follow any additional systems individual schools are enforcing to ensure continuity.
Transport options will be discussed with schools so that this does not become a barrier.

What about hand washing outdoors?
On most sites an outdoor hand washing station will be set up so that hand washing can be undertaken effectively. Also any onsite toilet facilities will be used. The use of antibacterial gel will also be used when hand washing is not feasible.

What about sharing equipment?
Nature Days has a large amount of equipment to share out. When necessary individuals will be responsible for pieces of equipment and will not be able to share. If necessary the equipment will be cleaned thoroughly between users in soapy water or if electrical with antibacterial wipes.

We can’t use our normal transport, how are we going to get to the site?
Nature Days aims to use the same procedures as the booking schools for getting children to the site. Most are using parent’s cars and this will be the case on trip day just to a different site. Parents will then pick up from the site. If this is not possible then sites will be chosen to allow children to walk to the site from school or another drop off point.

Do you have a Covid Risk assessment?
Yes we do which we can share if staff require it. As Covid is less lightly to be transmitted outdoors measures put in place after undertaking the risk assessment are generally;
– Provision of hand washing or hand sanitiser.
– Social distancing – ensuring large areas are used for lunch and congregating.
– Disinfecting shared equipment.
– All groups will be self contained and not mix with other groups – one class/bubble only on a trip/site.

Nature days will be updating the measures in place following any change to the guidance and observing the OEAP guidance on Corona virus. Available here 

Systems:

  • Regularly washing/sanitising hands including when going outside, before and after touching shared objects such as activity equipment, before eating, after using the toilet, when getting on or off transport such as a minibus, when returning inside;
    • Avoiding touching objects shared by the public – for example, a member of staff could hold a gate open to avoid everyone touching it;
    • Avoiding activities which involve touching each other (e.g. holding hands);
    • Sanitising equipment before it is used.

Is there a financial risk in booking with you?
No.
All trips can be postponed or cancelled if issues arise.
No deposit is taken so no loss can occur to the school.

Here are some of Dawn’s qualifications and CPD:

2019 – Mountain Leader Assessment – passed. Qualified Mountain Leader.

2019 – ITC outdoor First Aid.

2018 – Off-Site Safety Management by the Royal Geographical Society.

2018 – Leading an overseas school Trip. Run by Discover the world Education in association with the Geographical Association.

2018 – National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP). NWSMP equips anyone working in, on or near water with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing safety and enables group leaders to deliver safer activity at open water sites. Level 1, level 2 beach and river and Level 3 in-water rescue.

2017 – Cardiff case studies Cardiff university

2017 – Geology of Clyne Valley and Gower

2017 – Incorporating data skills in geography – RGS

2017 – A level Geography Independent investigation – RGS

2017 – Fieldwork ideas for the new Geography curriculum – RGS

2017 – Geography teacher training A level rivers and Hydrology – FSC

2017 – A level geography prepare to teach new spec – WJEC

2016 – Cornerstones Conference – Swansea

2016 – WJEC new A level Spec – Carmarthen
2016 – WJEC new GCSE spec – Cardiff

2016 – STEM Ambassador training

2016 – Rescue Emergency Care First Aid training Level 2

2015 – NAFSO conference

2014 – NAFSO conference

2013 – NAFSO conference

2012 – NAFSO conference

2012 – Mountain Leader Training North Wales

2011 – NAFSO conference

2010 – NAFSO conference

2008 – Attended FSC weekend course on Strategies for Geography Fieldwork within the new AS/A2 Specifications

2008 – Attended a number of ‘A’ level exam boards new Specification INSETs

2008 – Forest School Leader Btec level 3 Training undertaken

2007 – First Aid at Work

2000 – MSc Environmental Impact assessment at Aberystwyth university

1999 – Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) – Secondary science with biology from Swansea University

1999 – Course in Fieldwork safety management endorsed by the Field Studies Council

1997 – Countryside management qualifications including;

– Tree and woodland management

– Chainsaw operations

– Training in hedge-laying, dry-stonewalling, fencing, gate hanging and tractor driving

1996 – BSc Environmental Biology at Swansea University

Codes of conduct and practice.

I would like to draw your attention to a couple of key sections from Nature Days’ health and safety policy (based on OfEE guidelines and County Council policy).

“It is the duty of Nature Days to ensure that all activities are designed to take account of health and safety, however if a teacher insists on overriding my advice, it becomes their responsibility.”

The minimum ratio of children: adults is set down in Health and safety regulation,however the nature of the activity or the pupils, may sometimes require higher adult numbers. Nature Days leader needs to be excluded from that ratio.It is much safer if the field tutor is the guide, the facilitator. not seen as an extra adult, responsible for counting heads etc.

“The ultimate responsibility for supervision lies with the visiting members of staff, as Nature Days do not know the children and therefore cannot be held responsible for discipline and control.”

Nature Days will risk assess sites and activities and make these available to client groups, but will make it clear that teachers etc. are charged to make their own assessments and need to add to the RA, any concerns over the behaviour or fitness of the group.

(a) If any of the children have any specific needs, medical, behavioural etc. that could affect the H&S of the group Nature Days need to be briefed.

(b) The number of adults and children that you are sending on the trip.

(c) If any member of staff is a first aider.

(d) Any child without carer consent, or medical form cannot attend; The school must collect these all in, and the medical forms must be bought on the trip.

(e) If a child has asthma their medicine must be checked on the bus, if they have forgotten it they cannot attend.

(f) Nature Days requires the number of the school contact with whom we can liase throughout the trip. This person must have the contact details for the whole group.

(g) The children must have food and drink, and the adults should carry some spare and have means of cleaning the children’s hands after the toilet or before food. (Toilets are the bushes, they should be aware of this).

(h) If the children do not have waterproof coats and sensible shoes, they should not attend the trip. This also applies to sun hats in the summer. Can the teachers carry suntan lotion in the spring and summer months. AND in the winter, 5 layers at least are required, t- shirts x3 and jumpers 2, and woolly hats).

NB. Nature Days have a few spare waterproofs. Wellies are not always the best,rather sturdy shoes that can be wet and muddy. Please check the equipment list for your field visit for details.

It would also be advisable for every one to wear long trousers and for the teacher in charge to bring some spare cloths in case of accident.

(i) In advance of the trip groups must be decided and adults allocated to them (do not include Nature Days leader as a head counter), Each group leader must have a full register.

(j) The teacher in charge must have carried out a risk assessment and be familiar with the key hazards. Nature Days will send you their RA summary, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t carry one out yourselves. In advance of the trip brief the adults and the young people of the risks involved.

(k) The young people must be briefed that if behaviour is not acceptable they will have to be removed from the group and the expense of this met by the school or parents.

(I) Because of the nature of the terrain, I feel I have to Nature Days draws your attention to the extremely unlikely possibility of Lymes disease. More information available on request and when a booking is made.

(m) There may be weather conditions where the activity needs to be cancelled on H&S grounds; if this is the case trips will be rearrange.

All policy documents are available on request.

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