Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leader brought to your country

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Welcome to our Forest School Level 3 Programme Training

Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

We have over 25 years experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK and around the world.

As a leader in nature connection and personal development our training experience enables us to work across cultures and with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Our training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

You will learn about the Forest School and Nature-centric models for learning and development,  understand the importance of long-term relationships in nature and how to manage and support your site to thrive with the support of your learning community.

Above all you will learn how to support young people's interest, self-esteem and provide imaginative and creative ways to engage your learners in an nature setting and never look back!

This Level 3 Training is designed for people with more than two years experience working with young people who wish to establish and deliver a Forest School Nature Education programme.  It is for anyone facilitating teaching, mentoring with young children, adolescents, young people or those with special needs or challenging behaviours.

It is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant Level 2 or above qualifications (teachers, youth workers, play workers, rangers, ecologists or teaching assistants with significant experience of working with young people or adults.

Assessment will combine written work, use of practice file, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and group discussion. This training requires a significant level of paper work e.g short written assignments, risk assessments and health and safety policies. If you have any concerns in this area please let us know in advance.

Participants should also have access to a group with whom they will run a six-week Forest School Programme. All participants must be DBS checked and hold a first aid certificate by the end of the Training. This can be a 16-hour ITC outdoor first aid certificate or equivalent. A tailored two-day First Aid in the Outdoors, delivered and certified by a provider registered with the HSE, is also acceptable. We can provide this during the training (at an additional cost of £120). For more details about our 16 hour Forest School ITC First Aid course please: Click Here

Our trainings are led by experienced and passionate staff with many years of teaching experience. Our trainers include Circle of Life Rediscovery Director, Marina RobbMark LloydKatie ScanlanJennie Lamb and Anna Richardson. Marina and Anna have co-authored the popular, 'Learning with Nature: A how to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities'.

The Forest School Training is based on best practice and research and includes:

  • Nature education and connection
  • Child-led and Adult-led continuum
  • Personal and cultural development
  • Educational and Nature pedagogy
  • Nature conservation and stewardship
  • Risk Benefit Assessment to enable resilient and confident young people
  • Innovative and therapeutic practice in the outdoors
  • Effective communication and behaviour understanding
  • Neuroscience and growing a healthy brain

Course content and units:

The OCNWMR accreditation training carries a total of 18 credits at Level 3 and consists of 5 units.
The Credit Value of this training 18.
Guided Learning hours (GLH) is 96 hours, supervised or direct study time required for a unit.
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 180 hours, which includes the number of guided learning hours (GLH) plus the time taken by learner for private study or work experience.

Download Forest School Programme: Delivery. Credits 3; GLH 15; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programme: Learning and Development. Credit 6; GLH 30; TQT 60.
Download Forest School Programmes: Planning and Preparation. Credits 3; GLH 15; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programmes: Practical Skills. Credit 3; GLH 18; TQT 30.
Download Forest School Programmes: The Woodland Environment. Credit 3; GLH 18; TQT 30.

Useful documents to download:

Download our FAQ's about this training.
Download our Level 3 Forest School Training Guide.