My Muddy Boots

Wild learning and natural play

Terms and conditions

Payment

Payments for all sessions must be made in advance via the website and paypal for all My Muddy Boots sessions. Sessions are mainly booked in blocks of 8-12 weeks but we may also offer one off events as explained in publicity materials. We do not offer a refund for sessions within a block booking that are not attended due to client illness or holiday. My Muddy Boots reserves the right to increase prices for future events or blocks as they see fit. The allotment playgroup payments are classed as ‘donations’ to Muddy Boots in order to comply with allotment rules and regulations.

Pay it forward fund

My Muddy Boots offers a ‘pay it forward fund’ Group members or members of the public can donate any amount they wish and this is used to offer half prices places to people on lower incomes who otherwise could not access our sessions. The amount of money available for this fund varies year on year and is reliant on public donations. Acceptance to this fund is by written application (an email is fine) acceptance is not guaranteed but My Muddy Boots does its best to ensure that our sessions as as accessible as possible.

Cancellation policy

If you wish to cancel your booking please email Emily emily@mymuddyboots.org.uk

Block bookings

If you wish to cancel a block booking before the start date of a block then all efforts will be made to refill your space (we often have a waiting list) If you cancel 4 weeks or more before the start date then you will be refunded in full minus an admin charge of £5 per place. If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the start date, you will only be refunded if a replacement booker can be found to take your place. Otherwise you will be refunded minus £15 to cover materials already purchased. If you cancel once the block has begun then we are not obliged to offer a refund but will refund minus £15 if your place can be refilled.

One off events

If you wish to cancel a one off event then all efforts will be made to refill your space (we often have a waiting list) If you cancel 2 weeks or more before the event then you will be refunded in full minus an admin charge of £5. If you cancel within 2 weeks of the event, you will only be refunded in full (minus £5 admin charge) if a replacement booker can be found to take your place. Otherwise you will be refunded at 50% of the price paid. If you cancel within 48 hours of the event then we are not obliged to offer a refund. If you do not attend the event you will not be offered a refund.

If we have to cancel an event

Sessions generally go ahead in all weathers and we encourage you to make all efforts attend whatever the weather and embrace the elements! We will provide tarp shelters so there is always a dry space to store your belongings and to shelter in if possible. In extreme bad weather such as high winds, we may be obliged to cancel an event for safety reasons. An alternative session date will be offered when possible or a refund minus a £5 admin charge.

Insurance

My Muddy Boots is covered to a level of £5,000,000 for Public Liability and is insured as a Forest School provider. Clients are advised to provide their own personal insurance cover. Please note the conditions with your personal insurance policies as some activities such as tool use may not be covered by your own insurance.

Liability

My Muddy Boots takes place in the outdoors which by its nature is never free from hazards. While all reasonable precautions are taken to minimise the risk, the client accepts that accidents including serious injury and death can occur without My Muddy Boots being at fault. The client is taking part entirely at his or her own risk. The client also recognises that My Muddy Boots is not responsible for loss or damage to the personal property of the client, including vehicles, money, clothing and or equipment. The client also recognises that attendance of My Muddy Boots sessions in no way qualifies anyone to teach the course content. It is not intended that any instructions provided to any client(s) while on a course will in any way qualify those client(s) to instruct any third party and no warranty is made to that effect.

Complaints

In the event that a client has cause for concern or complaint in relation to My Muddy Boots the complaint should be first made to a leader at the time of the event. If the complaint is not resolved or occurs again then it should be put in writing and you will be informed of the complaints procedure.

Allergies

If you suffer from any allergies then My Muddy Boots should be made aware on the medical information form when booking. Where possible we will always try and cater for allergies but in the case of severe allergies then we advise that you to fully cater for yourself. We cannot be held responsible should you have any allergic reaction should you choose to consume any foodstuffs provided through My Muddy Boots. We are a vegetarian and nut-free business.

DBS and child protection

My Muddy Boots staff are DBS enhanced checked. Staff attending for one off sessions will have their own DBS checks and will never be left alone with a vulnerable child or adult. We have a strict child protection policy within our policy and procedure documents that all staff adhere to.

Environmental policy

My Muddy Boots insist on strict environmental practices to ensure the continued quality of the natural environments in which we conduct our sessions. We have a leave no trace policy and aim to leave the woodland and allotment areas as we found them or in an improved condition. Procedures for sanitation, rubbish disposal and clean-up will be explained by the Forest School leader you must observe these practices at all times.

Photography and video recording

We often take photographs and video recordings throughout our sessions, courses and events to use for our promotional material, social media and website. Your acceptance is acknowledged by agreeing on the booking form. You have the right to change your mind at any time but must contact Emily to confirm in writing. We ask that parents or guardians taking photographs of their own children at our sessions do not take photographs of other children without the consent of their parents or guardians.