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New to the forum and new to my school! Trying to develop the outside area and have asked parents for resouces to make a den making area. They are keen to donate but acting head and secretary(!) have major safety concerns!!

 

Has anyone got any tips how to overcome this?

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This isn't meant as a flippant reply but could the acting head attend some training on den making or early years provision in general? Alternatively do you have access to some LA support to back up your ideas to the head?

 

The other option would be to ask for a trial run and to show a written risk assessment of the activity and then the benefits of the activity taking place backed up with photo and observation evidence afterwards.

 

With regard to the school secretary - I don't know how to convince him/her but I do sympathise. Mine is lovely and very helpful but recently told me I wouldn't be in a rush for my outdoor tap because "it's getting cold now so you won't need water until it gets warmer again" - not sure where her early years training was but it wasn't in the same place as mine!

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Wise words from holly35 and we know that children talk more in dens. A den can be made from all sorts of things from a washing line with a blanket over it to a den like this one here!

 

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You may also find useful information here http://www.lotc.org.uk/

and here http://www.ltl.org.uk/

and here http://www.mindstret...ndergartens.cfm

 

and I have attached a risk assessment for shelter building that may also give you some ammunition!

 

Good Luck children LOVE den building!

 

Lorna

 

RISK ASSESSMENTS shelter building ra.doc

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not really sure what they are worried about?? although reading lorna's risk assessment even i feel a bit nervous! would they be swayed by the learning that the children can get out of these activities? or is it a particular element (like ropes) that worries them?

Loads of info here.....

 

http://www.creativestarlearning.co.uk/support.aspx

 

i have 2 year olds making dens! They do fantastic big pegs in matalan...really cheap and haven't managed to lose any fingers with them yet!

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we just use buckets with poles cemented in for corners and double sheets for walls. then we put blankets/sleeping bags on bottom to be cosy. they do need a good wash at times but it's such fun and use all year round, depending who seems as if they would benefit from this sort of activity e.g. loves to be under tables etc. use big pegs. only danger is pegs which children use for easels anyway - nursery class. and if windy can pull over so don't use when windy. x

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