It’s time to refresh our First Aid and Lifesaving Skills!
A few weeks ago it was time for the Free Rangers team to refresh on our First Aid, this included a few late night at Free Rangers (which with a team like ours wasn't as boring as some would imagine) to all regain our up to date Paediatric First Aid, which I will add we all passed :).
After a few late evenings and a ton of bandages later we all passed our First Aid and we are ready to get it into practice , so we were wondering what would be the best way to do this? Other than the obvious posters, leaflets and booklets that we were given on the course. Of course we needed to get the children learning these skills too, so the lovely Jess provided all of the rooms with a role play First Aid box crammed with bandages, slings and plasters to practice on the children and each other. In the Burrow that's exactly what we did. The children were very intrigued when the box was brought over and wasted no time in exploring what was in it. The fun began and the bandages and slings were let loose in the Burrow some wrapped them around their head, some around their arms and some just wanted to run around like a loony flying them high in the sky. Some children dressed as doctors and included the doctors box in their play, some bandaged the babies and a few of the children, especially, enjoyed bandaging up me.
We explained to the children what was in the box andwhat they were used for and talked to them about DRABC ( DANGER RESPONSE AIRWAY BREATHING CPR) obviously this was quite a lot for the children to understand so we explained in a way they would understand, and explained we should always check for danger before helping others and to always call for help, showing them the best way to help other’s in need.
I sat back and observed while one little girl began to bandage up the baby, telling the baby constantly that everything is going to be ok , I am here to help, which as you can imagine was very rewarding to watch . The role play First Aid box is a massive hit with the children and is still being used daily, so if parents see bandages around in the Burrow, we are just practising First Aid……What better way to do this than through play; teaching the children such an rewarding skill just through playing with our friends.
Let the first aid practice continue.
What a better way to start the week, than to get the waterproofs and wellies on and go on a search for the biggest muddiest puddles on site, and of course after themajor pour down on the weekend this is exactly what we found. Gigantic muddy puddles.
Coming into work on a Monday morning welcomed by rain, rain and more rain felt a little bit yucky after an extremely soggy weekend, but watching the enjoyment in the children’s faces as they jumped through the puddles in the car park on their way into the Burrow, I thought what better way to embrace the rain than to go in it and get as soggy and as muddy as we possibly can, and of course the children enjoyed this very much.
We dressed the children in their waterproofs, coats and wellies and set out on Forest School, our hoods were up and we were ready to go, we headed up to the cabin for a quick dry snack stop, we ate up all of our fruit, drunk our milk and on the count 1, 2, 3 we ran to find the muddy puddles. The puddles on site were more of a muddy splodge which we could jump and slide around in, and get lovely and mucky, after we all had a nice big splodge we set off around the farm to find the kind of puddles we could jump into make a big splash (who knew there were so many types of puddles, which of course the children like to inform me of) and wow did we find a big puddle, all of the children ran straight in jumping and splashing, laughing and smiling, and filling their wellies at the same time, we splashed and splashed until we could splash no more J. It was time to head back to the Burrow, dry off and get ready for a nice warm lunch (which was much needed after a super splashy morning). Even the wellies were full of puddleS………. it was time to hang the wellies to dry and send the waterproofs for a spin in the machine, until next time.
Thank you rain it’s been a lovely week please come again soon.