EYFS units: The Arborist
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding around the world of work.
Arborists work for lots of different people to make sure their trees are healthy. Arborists are sometimes called Tree surgeons.
Collaborative when they meet with people to plan how to look after their trees. They work in teams so they can keep each other safe.
Observant and notice what they need to do keep trees healthy, or if there are branches that need to be removed or cut down.
Resilient as their job is very tiring: climbing trees, digging out stumps and clearing away branches.
We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story.
Download questions for Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go here.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the arborist career to the children in your setting.
This is a link to arelated STEM at home activity. This could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
You can download our arborist poster to use in your setting.
Being an arborist is a very physical job and nearly every day will involve climbing trees.
An arborist doesn’t just use a chainsaw to cut down trees, they also nurture and grow them. Typical work for an arborist includes pest control, tree moving, stump removal, soil maintenance and general tree maintenance.
Safety is very important for arborists so preparing and maintaining the tools and equipment is vital. Arborists usually work in teams for safety, with each member of the team knowing their role.
Arborists meet with homeowners, town planners and other people who own trees to discuss and plan how to maintain trees. They often working alongside other landscapers. Arborists need to understand rules and regulations such as local bylaws or housing boundaries. Many trees need maintenance near roads so careful planning and team coordination of traffic control is required.
An arborist’s day is determined by the seasons and weather. Some days it is too dangerous to climb a tree with a chainsaw and after a storm there is always lots of work to be done. Trees and shrubs need trimming and pruning at specific times of year to promote or inhibit growth and knowing this is all part of the arborist’s job.
Other important parts of the job include understanding how to fell a tree safely, leaving the worksite clean, tidy and safe and knowing how to dispose of the branches and foliage.