Is the woodwork activity safe? Yes, we strive to keep the woodwork activity as safe as possible for your child: ● by providing ear protectors and safety spectacles for each participant ● by using battery operated screwdrivers suitable for smaller hands ● by not using any electrically powered drilling or cutting tools as everything is already pre-cut ● by using child friendly (non-toxic, easy to clean) P.V.A. glue.
Do you have a risk assessment which you can send to us? No, we don't have a risk assessment. However, we have full and current Public Liability Insurance and our Working With Children Check as required by law. All children get a brief safety talk and wear safety glasses, (which is more for effect than any danger involved). Also, we don't use any power tools (our screwdrivers are battery driven) or any sharp dangerous items/tools.
How are the children making their wooden toys? Jim, our very own toy maker, clearly demonstrates and explains each step of the toy making and facilitates the children where needed. He asks leading questions, guiding them through their own creative process, giving them the all important sense of achievement. For more info on what the children can expect from each incursion, click here.
What are the tools the children use to make the wooden toys? The children use our popular battery operated (Bosch) screwdrivers, suitable for small hands. We are not using any electrically powered drilling or cutting tools as everything is already pre-cut. Please note, the battery-driven screwdrivers are not used for the making of the Racing Car and our 3-Year-Old Group Incursions. The 3-year-old groups are using child friendly (non-toxic, easy to clean) P.V.A. glue to make their toys.
What type of wood is used for the making of the wooden toys? We use sustainable untreated Pine for all of our wooden projects.
Do you have the Working with Children Check? Yes. We have our Working with Children Check.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance? Yes. We have full Public Liability Insurance.
Is a specific work area or floor space required for the activity? Any regular activity/school desk will be sufficient to work on. *Please note that children will be working, hammering and gluing on the tables. If you are concerned about damaging the surface please ensure they are adequately protected for the incursion.
Is the activity suitable for both girls AND boys? Yes. We encourage both girls and boys to participate in our woodwork activity.
What age groups do you cater for? For our Pre-School & Primary School incursions we cater for children from 3 to 12 years of age (Foundation all the way up to Grade 6).
Can the Educators get involved in the woodwork activity as well? We value the teacher's involvement in assisting the children. However, lets not forget that this isthe child'sindividual woodwork experience, not the adults.