For school groups we can take up to 60 children (2 classes) and sometimes, if booked far enough in advance and a third Ranger is available, we may be able to take up to 90 children.
There will be a maximum group size of 30 children to 1 Ranger and sometimes we are able to provide a ratio of 1 Ranger to every 15 children.
We follow Torbay and Devon County Council's guidelines for adult to child ratios in the outdoors doing fieldwork activities. That is 1 adult: 6 children for under 8 year olds and 1: 15 for over 8 year olds. Thus we require the visiting group leader to bring as many helpers as necessary to fulfil the relevant ratio.
All activities that the Trust runs are fully risk assessed and are run by skilled and experienced environmental educators. Completed risk assessments are sent to the group before their visit and are checked before the group arrive on the day of their visit by the Education Ranger leading the visit. The Trust follows recommended guidance in relation to outdoor visits and activities e.g. Outdoor Education, Visits and Off-site Activities Health and Safety Policy (March 2012) available from www.ldp.babcock-education.co.uk
Please ensure that visiting groups bring information on any medical conditions / allergies of members of the group and parental contact details and that these individuals are carrying any relevant medicines ( eg asthma inhalers). The Ranger will ask for this information at the start of the visit.
All Trust education staff are required to hold a current Criminal Record Bureau check and are Emergency First Aid trained. It is however the school's responsibility to ensure that one of the visiting staff is a qualified First Aider with a first aid kit. It is that member of visiting staff who administers any first aid. It is recommended that this visiting staff member also carries a mobile phone and gives their number to the Education Ranger at the start of the visit. The Education Ranger also always carries a full first aid kit and mobile phone when leading group visits. Smaller sub-divided groups must be accompanied by an adult at the required ratio. If this adult is not a qualified first aider then the group must remain within close proximity of one or be able to contact one by mobile phone who could attend quickly. We complete accident reports for all accidents requiring first aid treatment. The Rangers are unable to give out or administer any medicines, creams or sprays. For bites, stings or sprains we are only able to provide cold water to relieve symptoms. If you are unable to supply a qualified First Aider please contact us to discuss other arrangements. If you arrive on a visit without a qualified First Aider and have not informed us prior to the visit your visit maybe be cancelled.
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust has full public liability and employer's liability insurance.
The risks of picking up an infection or illness from being in the countryside are very rare. We do however recommend a few simple precautions: