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Forest Kindergarten Level 3 - Local Nature Play

Feel confident exploring nature with young children.

At the same time, help young learners to establish a robust connection with local nature.

Modelled on a Forest School approach, and based on the Scottish Forest Kindergarten model, our Forest Kindergarten Level 3 uses child-centred learning to develop Early Years confidence and self-esteem.

During this hands-on practical and interactive training course, you’ll learn practical activities enabling you to organise and safely set up and facilitate Forest Kindergarten sessions.

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Event Details

The course is suitable for:

  • All Early Years Practitioners holding or working towards a Level 3 Early Years qualification or equivalent
  • Forest School Leaders or outdoor practitioners with a good understanding of early years practice
  • Level 2 early years practitioners (will need to be supervised by a Level 2 early years practitioner in a leadership role)

Over three days, we’ll teach you the principles and approach of Forest Kindergarten alongside the theory of how children play, learn and interact with nature. In particular:

  • How to prepare yourself as a practitioner to take young children to visit a green space
  • How to set up a suitable site
  • How to set boundaries with children
  • How to prepare for risks (risk-benefit model)
  • Research on the benefits of playing and learning outdoors
  • Games and songs to support children with the routines of regular visits to a greenspace

But that’s not all. Three themes form the basis of Forest School Kindergarten: People, place and pedagogy (activities).

This course is supported by 2 guiding principle documents developed by a UK based working group of Early Years and Outdoor Play specialists.


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