Children at the Makerspace

This is a start of a discussion on what kids can do here and what would be healthy to consider.

First, the intention is to have this as a space that values and protects diversity. It might be hard to come - you might think - into a workshop with your child. So this should prepare you for what you will find here to support you to come either way!

Child’s Needs

Be aware of your child’s needs:

  • It can be loud here
  • It can be dangerous
  • We have small rooms
  • This is a communal space, all users must must be mindful of others in the space from a noise and safety perspective (no screaming/shouting, running or touching people using tools etc…)

Myth Busting Main-Stream Expectations

Some activities are quite loose, child-led as far as possible, purpose driven.
You will likely not find a usual class-room situation here.

Rooms and Spaces

We have several spaces and different events. We have machines that can cause lasting injury: it is important how we behave in the space.


  • Children under 16 need adult (over 18) supervision at all times
  • The clean room is fairly safe when tools are not being used
  • When visiting for the first time with children, ask for a walk-around to be able to point out the dangers
  • The store room should not be used by children

We have events going on here that might be for certain age groups and target audiences. These are some activities that we are happy to organise for you:

Low Supervision:

Subject to age and abilities.

  • Lego
  • Electronics
  • Train Tracks


Depends on the age and the abilities- you can learn to use these tools here.

TODO: @DomAman please fill this in with your home ed project

Introduction + Supervision:

TODO: @DomAman please fill this in with your home ed project


Hi Nicco, a good start.

I have made some safety and expectation-critical edits directly, we can discuss the rest.

We met at the makerspace today to talk about this and here are the minutes.

TODO: @zzoeross and @niccokunzmann integrate the minutes into the topic post.

  • inclusive space: Richard, Oliver, kids, Nicco, family, friends.

  • How to support kids also on the autistic spectrum and special needs.

  • We want to protect people.

  • We do not want to see people cut bloody!

  • Provide safe learning opportunities for tools and with each other.

  • implicit child care being passed on may not work

    • how to pass it on
    • how to keep kids space
    • how much responsibility do parents, have how much volunteers, how much Dom and council staff
    • answering the call for care is not necessarily what they want to do in the space
      • women feel guilty if children ask
      • cannot keep kids from interacting with others
      • how can people be clear about what they want to do
    • possible way forward:
      • ask people what they want to do and ask them when they are not doing it - help them navigate the space
      • parents check in with people who work with your children of how it is going
  • only use tools you are inducted on

  • wear clothing appropriate to task, not taste

  • move steadily and considerately

  • leave the space as you find it and better

Issue with kids:

  • not the taking tools without asking
  • moving through the space

Rule for using tools in the makerspace:
When these tools run, no children under 10 should be in the room:

  • lathe
  • chop saw
  • band saw
  • pillar drill
  • if children enter the room: Stop and tell them to go out!

With asking the group leader:

  • carving
  • other activities with a safe fallback (not self-running machines)


  • Wood workshop always with clear adult supervision - means 3 paces to grab the child.

men2men: Create a safe space where people do not just enter.
TODO: Also talk to men2men about how to make this happen

Rules ok:

  • kids going to the toilet alone
  • kids can go into the kitchen alone after the guardian trusts that the kids learned how to
    • behave around the kettle
    • behave around the microwave
  • clean room: talking distance supervision:
    • do not close the door
    • parents can leave the room so this room is supposed to be a safe place.
  • shouting is an emergency measure
  • It is not the responsibility of the parents to make sure that people are not disturbed. They need to reach out to the Dom or the parents if they have requirements for distraction free work. It is possible but cannot be assumed and we would like kids to be able to engage with others and have a peer-learning experience.

If families come into the space, hold the group and support the play.
Help: Dom does not pick up the change in tone for kids - he is not a parent.

Dom says to parents: Can you have a chat about what the safeguarding rules are in the space and how we can support you?

  • intention to engage parents with each other
  • What kind of support does the child need?
  • What is not obvious of the child?

ADHD: We need to know our limits, have ready tasks to engage with.


  • Stop people from driving fast on the road.


  • cardboard box modelling
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Thank you for taking these minutes Nicco.z

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