Forest School Training and CPD

Charlotte is an experienced headteacher and a qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioner and trainer.  She has experience of leading Forest School sessions with children aged 2-11 years.  She is a Forest School Association (FSA) endorsed trainer and trainer assessor.

Level 3 Forest School Leader Training

This is the qualification that you need to be able to lead programmes of Forest School.  It is aimed at professionals already working with children/ young people and is a Level 3 qualification (A Level standard).  The course comprises 6 days of initial training (combining practical and theoretical elements), followed by 3 practical skills days, a portfolio tutorial and delivery assessment in your setting.  It takes about 10 months to complete and costs £895 (excluding first aid training).  The qualification is verified by The Natural Choice Group and accredited by ITC First.

A Forest School Approach to Outdoor Learning in the EYFS

This one day course is aimed at Foundation Stage teachers, teaching assistants and child care practitioners who may be considering the introduction of Forest School.  It covers the origins, ethos and benefits of Forest School, with opportunities for participants to experience some typical Forest School games and activities and discover how this approach can be used in the Early Years to enhance outdoor learning experiences.  The course will provide you with some practical outdoor games and activities that you can take back to your setting and use straight away and information about how you could introduce Forest School to your setting in the longer term.

Forest School Leader Skills Development Day

This one day course is designed for new and more experienced Forest School Leaders who would like an opportunity to practise their skills, learn new activities and games and share ideas with other practitioners.  The format of the day will be designed in response to suggestions from the group and will be learner-led with support from the course leader.  Typical activities could include; using tools to make a butter knife or mallet, practising knots to make a star-gazing chair or ladder or getting crafty with natural dyes and cordage.  There will be opportunities to practise and develop fire lighting skills and try some new ideas for campfire cooking.  Throughout the day we will play a range of games that can be used to motivate and energise learners at Forest School.

Forest School Taster Day

If you are considering the introduction of Forest School to your school or setting, or simply would like to find out more about what Forest School is all about then why not come along for a Taster Day?  The day is both informative and practical covering the origins, ethos and benefits of Forest School, with opportunities for participants to experience some typical activities that may be offered in a Forest School programme.  The Taster Day is suitable for headteachers, class teachers, teaching assistants or anyone who would like to find out more about developing opportunities for learning outdoors.  It is a great way to get a taste of what’s involved in the Level 3 Forest School Leader training course and find out about the different options for introducing Forest School.

Training for those who assist at Forest School

This is a non-accredited one day practical training course designed to provide members of staff and volunteers who support (or will be supporting) Forest School sessions with:

  • An introduction to the Forest School ethos;
  • An opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the woodland environment and of its use as a learning resource;
  • Some basic practical skills to enable them to effectively support learning at Forest School.

Please note that this is NOT a Level 2 Forest School Assistant course and there is no additional work to complete outside of the training days.

Forest School First Aid Training

This is the recommended 2-day course that will lead to the first aid certification that all Forest School leaders need to hold and maintain (renew every 3 years).  It is delivered by A2E First Aid Training in association with Charlotte’s Wood.  The 16 hour course is suitable for both qualified Forest School leaders wishing to renew their certification and those in or about to start their training.  It covers emergency first aid and incident management and looks at first aid on young children as well as adults. There is an emphasis on typical Forest School activities like camp fires, use of hand tools and children’s play. Part of Day 2 is spent doing first aid scenarios out of doors.  There is an option to include Paediatric First Aid certification as an add-on to the course.

Contact Charlotte for more information about Forest School training and CPD

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