We are hearing cases of the police visiting Forest School sessions to find out what is happening, with regards to the new restrictions. The FSA recommends that you write down the key parts of the restrictions guidance that relate to you. This should explain the basis on which you are able to keep operating. Having this with you will help to prevent you from getting flustered if the police should come by.

In the light of the UK Government’s announcement, made on Saturday concerning planned new restrictions across England from 5th November, we recognise that many Forest School providers will be concerned about the correct measures for them to take as well as with protecting their businesses and income.

We are encouraging all of our members to consider the spirit of this lockdown and its intended outcomes, alongside protecting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

As a result of implementing these restrictions, the number of customers who are eligible to continue attending outdoor events will be smaller. This may require leaders to reflect on whether this customer base can support their businesses.

With regards Forest School training, our interpretation, of the limited guidance offered to date, is that level 1, 2 and 3 training will be permissible, but we would refer trainers to the section of the guidance requesting that training be moved online where possible during this period.

The government has said that there are several ways that parents and carers can continue to access childcare during the national restrictions. They have also announced that there are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising. A full list of these circumstances can be found in the regulations. We note that the government has now clarified that Parent and child groups can continue where they provide support to parent and/or child, and children under 5 will not be counted within the 15 person limit – meaning parents and carers can attend such groups in larger numbers.

We recommend that members use their professional judgement and skills in risk-benefit assessments to judge each client group and activity individually.

Please consult the available guidance here:

Government furlough scheme information:

Citizens advice information about finances
and business support:

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