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Forest School Training

Take a look at this short film about Forest School Training, it'll only take 4 minutes 46 seconds. If after watching you'd like to dip your toe in the water, have a practical experience and find out more about Forest School qualifications, why not try a Forest School taster session? And if you'd like to watch our other films, you can do so via our Forest School web page.


Forest School taster session

Surrey's Supporting Children Team is offering you the chance to attend a Forest School taster session. This taster session is run by Surrey Wildlife Trust, who aim to give you a practical introduction to Forest School and support you if you are thinking about taking the Forest School leader qualification (level 3) and starting a Forest School. You can book you place on the Forest School taster workshop by going to the clicking on the training directory tailored for you.

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Forest School qualifications

Level 1 Forest School Introduction

The level 1 Forest School Introduction is suitable for those staff helping out at a Forest School setting and is equivalent to D-G grades at GCSE. The learning outcomes include the Forest School approach to learning, the impact of a Forest School on the site and the course also looks at hazards and risks linked to Forest School.

Level 2 Forest School Assistant

The Supporting Children Team are working with Surrey Wildlife Trust to offer playwork, early education and childcare practitioners the opportunity to take part in the Level 2 Forest School Assistant qualification.

The level 2 is equivalent to A* - C grades at GCSE. This qualification is designed for Forest School Assistants and comprises of two units that are designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School Assistant, enabling them to take a proactive role in helping the Forest School Leader plan and deliver the Forest School programme. Learners needs to have a DBS check, have some experience working with children and young people. A valid paediatric first aid certificate is also desirable. Learners will also need to support a minimum of three to four Forest School sessions in order to complete their Forest School Assistant handbook.

For more information on the Level 2 Forest School Leader course visit the Forest Schools Courses page on the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.

Level 3 Forest School Leader

The Supporting Children Team are working with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey First Aid training to offer playwork, early education and childcare practitioners the opportunity to take part in the Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification.

The level 3 is aimed at those who wish to set up and run an effective Forest School. It is equivalent to A level and comprises three units that are designed to qualify a learner to become a Forest School Leader. Learners need to have a DBS check and considerable experience working with children and young people including holding a level 3 or above early years or playwork qualification. Learners will also need to hold a two day Outdoor Learning/Forest School first aid certificate. Learners will need to deliver a minimum of six practice sessions, attend mentoring days, complete a Forest School portfolio and handbook as well as attend a residential weekend.

For more information on the Level 3 Forest School Leader course visit the Forest Schools Courses page on the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.

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Aims

Based on research the course covers:

  • learning and development in forest school
  • child development
  • basic forest school skills
  • woodland conservation
  • risk assessment

Mike McKenna, BarnKids, Chiddingfold has completed his Forest School qualifications, read about his experience in his case study below.

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