Essential information for Teachers

Essential Preliminary Visit

  • We strongly recommend that teachers take the opportunity to visit the Ecology Centre and familiarise themselves with the location and resources to ensure that pupils get the most from their trip.
  • Each teacher/leader is therefore invited to attend a preliminary planning meeting to discuss the focus of study. This is an opportunity to view the wildlife area and review the facilities, equipment, activities and health and safety issues in advance of your visit.
  • A pre-visit is essential for first-time visitors and teachers who will be leading the session themselves.

Health and Safety

  • All our sessions have been risk assessed.
  • Upon confirming a visit, teachers will be sent a copy of our Educational Visit Health and Safety Procedure.
  • This outlines responsibilities of the ecology staff and the visiting groups and contains a risk assessment.
  •  Visiting schools should also complete their own risk assessments.
  • Holland Park Ecology Centre Risk Assessment [PDF] (file size 69Kb)

Supervision

All children must be supervised by adults on visits to the Ecology Centre.

Recommended Ratios of Adults to Children of Visiting Groups

Age Range Ratio
Early Years 1:4
Infants 1:6
Juniors 1:8
  • The maximum class size is 30.
  • Teachers must take full responsibility for the group whilst attending the Ecology Centre sessions.
  • Risk assessment must be completed by the school.

Availability and Centre Capacity

  • The centre is available from 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, during official school terms.
  • Sessions last from 2 hours to a full day, depending on your requirements.
  • Sessions normally run from 10am to noon and 1 to 3pm. Earlier starts and finishes can be requested.
  • The Ecology Centre can cater for groups of up to 30 children with accompanying adults.

Lunchtime Arrangements

  • There are outdoor picnic areas in the park and a café and ice-cream kiosk.
  • There are unsupervised play areas including a toddler's playground (0-5 years) and an adventure playground, both within easy reach of the Ecology Centre.
  • The centre itself can be booked for lunch but only if it does not conflict with another visit.