How do I know my child will be safe and secure?
The safety of our children is of paramount importance to us.
All staff hold an up to date enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check now called a DBS, (Disclosure and Barring Service) before they are allowed to be with the children. In addition, two personal references are taken up prior to starting work with ‘Venture Outdoor Kindergarten.
The staff to child ratios at Venture Outdoor Kindergarten are much higher than Ofsted requirements (1 adult for every 8 children or 13 children for a qualified teacher). There are never more than 6 children being cared for by each adult.
All equipment at Venture Outdoor Kindergarten is of a high quality and regular risk assessments on equipment and procedures are carried out to ensure everything is maintained to the highest standard.
We spend a great deal of time talking to the children about safety and playing games which teach and encourage them to manage risks for themselves and support their friends to do this too.
We carry out regular fire/ emergency evacuation drills with the children, so that they become familiar with the routine, and should we have an emergency, we will be able to clear the site quickly and safely.
When you register your child with us you will tell us who is allowed to collect your child and a record is kept of this. If your child is to be collected by a different person, staff must be notified at drop off time. We will not release a child to anyone unless we have your permission to do so.
Visitors attend by prior appointment. Visitors are not left alone with the children.
All staff hold an up to date paediatric First Aid qualification.
Upon registering we will ask you of any medical issues you are aware of that will ensure we understand any medical needs your child might have and adjust our practice accordingly.
What do you do if it rains?
Play, play, play! We see rain as an opportunity for water play and exploration. All children attending Venture Outdoor Kindergarten arrive dressed ready for a full day outside no matter what the weather so that they can make the most of our wonderful, changeable British weather!
Are you really outside in all weathers?
All types of weathers offer learning experiences and challenges and we are very lucky to live in a country where children can encounter so many diverse conditions outdoors. The woods offer shelter from rain and sun but we have tarps that we can use should we need extra shelter. The children learn how to keep warm in colder weather including how to light a fire and prepare warm drinks.
Our cosy indoor space offers refuge from the weather when we need it too!
In certain circumstances we may close the kindergarten if we judge that conditions are unsafe.
What if my child needs to rest?
We appreciate how important it is that children have opportunities for rest and relaxation. We encourage the group to have calmer, more restful periods together where we sit and chat or read stories. Children have access to hammocks, sleeping bags and shelter if they need to rest or nap which is quite likely due to the fact that they spend the entire day in the fresh air!
Do I need to provide food for my child?
We ask that parents provide enough food to give their child plenty of energy for an extremely active day! We will regularly stop for snacks and for lunch as the children require it, therefore lots of nutritious, small items of food are great. Please note that we do not impose rules about the order in which the children consume their food, so please only supply food that you are happy for your child to eat. On colder days, please feel free to supply your child with hot food in a flask.
Children will also require a bottle of water each day. We ensure that we always have fresh drinking water available should your child drink all of their water.
Can my child attend if he is not yet toilet trained?
We are happy to accept children who wear nappies or are being toilet trained. We ask that parents provide enough nappies / spare clothes to accommodate their child during the day. We are available to give children plenty of support with toilet training as needed.