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Our courses

We offer Forest School training in Levels 2 and 3. We will be offering Level 1 course in the latter half of 2024. Find out more below!

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Level 3 - Forest School Leader

*You will receive Levels 1-3 inclulsive in this course* Our accredited Level 3 Forest School Leader training course aims to provide trainees with all of the skills that they’ll need to lead rich and creative Forest School sessions, in a safe and natural environment. Outline: The Level 3 course will prepare you to plan, deliver and monitor all aspects of a Forest School programme. We will discuss up to date theories on the Forest School approach to learning, the holistic development of Forest School learners and a positive attitude to risk taking. The practical outdoor learning will include tool use and the safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of outdoor games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and the sustainable use of woodland resources within the context of Forest School. FSIL Unique Selling Point - as part of your practical learning, you will get to observe a real life Forest School session! Conducted at Totstars Forest School Nursery, by FSIL-trained Forest School Leaders. The course is structured around five units: • The curriculum that underpins the Forest School ethos. • The knowledge of child-centred learning and play in nature. • The planning and preparation key to successful sessions. • The range of practical skills supporting Forest School. • The knowledge that allows the sustainable use of woodlands and natural materials for learning. • Skills days to assess your practical skills. Applicable to: It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth workers, students, parents, carers and those interested in the ethos. What we will need in advance: • Proof of identification • Evidence of DBS check or that DBS check has been requested - be it the certificate itself, or confirmation from your organisation that they have received it as part of your employment. If you have requested the DBS check and have not yet received it, we can accept email confirmation of this. What will I need for the course? The course will be predominately outside so please make sure you bring the following with you each day: • Packed lunch, water and snacks. • Suitable outdoor clothing for weather conditions. • Stout shoes or boots. Please do not wear sandals. • A camera can be useful for recording some of the activities. • Notebook and pen. Entry requirements: Participants should be over 18 and ideally have experience working within an educational environment. That could be preschool education, youth work or have significant experience working with young people outdoors. Career change/starting from scratch? It is possible to enter and complete this course without previous experience, however this does come with logistical hurdles. Please contact us to discuss this if you are still keen to follow this path. Location: The Pavilion, Selsdon Recreation Ground, Woodland Gardens, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8AU, UK Price: • Cambium Registration fee - £208.80 • Course - £1000 Duration: • 8 practical days including 2 skill days. • Post-practical days: A coursework portfolio will need to be completed 12 months after the last practical day. You are entitled to 20 hours of one-to-one learning from our head trainer Daniel, to help with your course work.

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Level 2 - Forest School Assistant

*You will receive Levels 1-2 inclusive in this course* This course provides trainees with the 'Forest School Assistant' certification. With this, you will be able to assist a Forest School Leader in conducting Forest School sessions. You will not be able to lead Forest School Sessions. Upcoming dates for our Level 2 course are TBC - please register your interest below and we will contact you with an update as soon as possible.

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Level 1 - available from September 2024

This one-day course is designed to provide trainees with an introduction to the Forest School ethos and learning outdoors. Outline: The Level 1 course will provide you with the skills necessary to become an effective member of a Forest School delivery team. We will discuss the Forest School approach to learning, risk management and the impacts of Forest School on a woodland environment. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of tools and a variety of games and activities. The course will be run on Forest School principals, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action. The course will cover: • Basic practical woodland skills. • Methods of identifying woodland species. • Exploration of the importance of play, creativity, and child-centred approaches in Forest School activities. Applicable to: It is designed to meet the needs of teachers, youth workers, students, and others in providing preparation for further development and study to becoming a Forest School Leader. Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this Level, anyone can join! What will I need for the course? Please make sure you bring the following with you each day: • A packed lunch, water, and snacks. • Notebook and pen. • A computer and access to the internet and zoom (if online). Price: £25 Duration: This is currently under review. Please contact us to register interest.

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