The BBKA and all local branches fully support children learning about bees, indeed it is important for all of us that they do. So here is a link to the BBKA Bees for Kids pages where you can find out more.
Learning about bees is essential for our environment as insects are a good barometer for the health of our ecosystem; education in schools helps children understand other types of life-form and how they are linked to the activities that humans carryout.
Beekeeping Risk Assessments – KEEP IT SIMPLE!
There is usually some request for a risk assessment to be carried out when visiting schools, this mitigates any issues that can be caused by small people inadvertently coming into contact with some “miffed bees” being couped up in a display hive and being let loose in a classroom..
The purpose of a simple risk assessment is to ensure simple questions are asked before the visit and ensure anyone with a known allergy is safely protected; whilst enhancing the event for everyone else.
Classroom management is key to this; Too many kids in a small space does not work well with bees.
Risk assesments should NEVER be used to justify that an event or visit should NOT take place, it places simple responsibilities on the Beekeeper and school to ensure the children can get up close and enjoy the event and learn about bees.
The CLEEPS risk assesment site – PS87 – Bees in School
This is a comprehensive document and not all sections are relevant for every activity.
Here is another example of a simple risk assessment, some will be familiar with from “Plan B“, it is importantly SIMPLE and does not put any obstacles in the way of the activity. – WebBee
Beehive School Project
I hope to expand this section as information becomes available – WebBee