Within a Forest School programme, children are offered opportunities to manage their own risks through carefully planned and sequential sessions whereby routines, boundaries and environmental awareness are established. Week by week children get to know and understand their environment. Forest School develops opportunities such as using tools in a safe and non-threatening way by mastering skills for handling and independent use of them. Children are then able to make informed decisions on which tool to use for a specific purpose.
Being able to climb trees and take opportunities to explore them in detail, up close offers children the chance to negotiate a climb; observing branch structure and formation, strength and height between each branch. By engaging with first-hand experiences this will support and consolidate self-management of risks.