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Hi all,

 

As from September I will be starting welly walks for the children at our pre-school. Just wondered if anyone had an example of thier risk assessment to share? I wanted to use something already started, at least I could change and ammend things according to the walk we will be doing.

 

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Could I ask what is different from a welly walk than any other kind of outing? I'm not sure what one is - is it just going somewhere wearing wellies? Sorry to sound a bit dense

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The welly walks I'm planning to do would involve risk assessments for woodlands and meadows. Obviously this would be risk assessed before every walk, but I need a long term assessment. It would be different from any other outing we do, as we usually do educational visits like to farms etc. I was just wondering if anyone had one spare for welly walks/ other types

Of walks so I can consider risks such as poisonous plants etc.

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ah, I see. Could you just tweak your general walking/farm visit/outing one and put on it that you RA any new walk before doing it? I thought there was less of an emphasis on RAs under the new EYFS?

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There is supposed to be less emphasis on risk assessments with the new EYFS.From a legal point of view, they still need to be done and written in detail. I spoke with my setting improvement partner yesterday, and she agreed the same. I think just to be on the safe side, I'm going to continue with my usual risk assessments! That way Ofsted can't pull me up on any safeguarding issues!

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completely agree with you there Jenna - not sure why something like RA should revised to a lower level of importance especially with the safeguarding and also the claim culture that we have now.

I suppose your welly walks are sort of bordering on forest school type provision ??

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I'm booked on a forest school course and learn from the course, I wanted to incorporate into our welly walks. I will post on here my risk assessment when finalised for any body else that may need one!

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There is supposed to be less emphasis on risk assessments with the new EYFS.From a legal point of view, they still need to be done and written in detail. I spoke with my setting improvement partner yesterday, and she agreed the same. I think just to be on the safe side, I'm going to continue with my usual risk assessments! That way Ofsted can't pull me up on any safeguarding issues!

 

adding to this, everyone is very clear then on what they need to do to safeguard particularly on outings.

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