Emotional Literacy in the Outdoors

Discover how the natural world and activity in it can support creative and safe emotional expression. Learn about the four core emotions and our relationship to them.

The day will explore techniques to empower your personal and professional life as a Forest School Leader, an Educator, Teacher, Trainer, Youth Worker etc. This course provides a real practical way of working with emotional intelligence and supporting self-esteem and other emotional well-being programmes for your learners in the outdoors.

Course Trainer – Jon Cree.

Cost: £95 or £85 if booked 2 months in advance.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – with Jon Cree

This level 3, 3-day accredited course will delve into what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors, looking at causes, and ways of dealing with real life scenarios. We will look at certain behaviour types and how to work with these – moving towards an ‘equal learning community’.

The course will also look at de-escalation techniques, policies, support for this type of work and ways of motivating young people, all in the outdoor environment. In order to gain the accreditation participants will apply the learning after the course, in their work, and produce a small amount of written work.

“This has been a life-changing and psyche-changing three days for me, my learners and family. It has shown me how important the outdoors is for our mental and physical health and what a regulator it can be for behaviour management… better than any OFSTED regulation!” Course participant, spring 2017.

Cost: £325 or 295 if booked two months in advance.

Working with children’s behaviour in the outdoors

This is a 3-day OCNWMR accredited course worth 3 credits.
Delivered in partnership with Jon Cree.

£300

We will delve into: what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors; theory on behaviour, up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for behaviour that challenges us, ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios; de-escalation and formulating/reviewing your own policies, including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards in a community based approach. We will look at how to develop our own empathetic responses to children and young people and how to react to their needs.

As this is an OCN Level 3 course worth 3 credits it will require participants to reflect on their own practice and write up a workbook after the course which we estimate would take approx 8 hours work. It is suitable for people who have trained as Forest School practitioners or who work in the outdoors.

“this course has really helped me re-appraise the way I work with some of our students and has actually given me new strategies for working with challenges that have worked!” ~ participant from February 2011 course

* This venue has basic accommodation on site which is included in the price. Other local accommodation is available.

To book, or for futher details call 07789 723 061 or email mail@kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk

Resilience Outdoor Alternative Education

Outdoor Education programme for Alternative Education Provision.

Designed for ASD, ADHD, SEMH participants.

Incorporating elements of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and John Muir Awards, we focus on building resilience through development of self esteem, self confidence, understanding of the world, emotional literacy, new perspectives, communication and physical skills.

How Movement Underpins Well-being, Resilience & Learning

Flyer for movement & wellbeing course

Facilitated by Jan White, Consultant for Outdoor Provision in the Early Years at Windsor Nursery School – an Early Childhood Outdoors (ECO) Collaborator and Pioneer Setting.

This course is for all teachers and practitioners working with 2-5 year olds, and particularly children with high needs for developmental support.
Do you work with children who struggle to sit still, attend and concentrate, regulate their behaviour or learn to read and write effectively?
Through exploring the critical role of physical development in building the capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive, this one day course will consider why young children must be active for much of their day.
We will consider:

  • The critical movement experiences that all young children should have
  • How movement and physicality establish the foundation for learning, well-being and resilience
  • Irresistible experiences that are especially rich in providing nutritious movement
  • Ways to create a movement rich Early Years environment and culture.

This course will include opportunities to consider implications and solutions through touring the onsite outdoor environments paired with members of the Windsor Nursery School team.

Cost includes refreshments and a light buffet.
Participants are asked to bring waterproofs and boots.

How to book
Places are limited and we encourage you to book a place as soon as possible.
For a booking form email rpine@windsorcentre.com

Health, Wellbeing and Learning Outdoors Conference

With Health and Wellbeing high on the agenda in schools this conference promises to provide practical ways to develop and sustain the wellbeing of staff and pupils. A conference of current thinking, research and best practice delivered through inspiring speakers, hand-on workshops, a toolkit to take away and an amazing school venue.

The participants will understand how health and wellbeing can be delivered across all areas of the curriculum outdoors without adding to teacher’s workload.

Workshops include:

  • Forest School and Nurturing Success
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness Working in schools
  • Art and Photography through Nature
  • Growth Mindset and the Great Outdoors
  • Planting and Special Spaces
  • Adventurous Minds are Healthy Minds
  • Nurturing and Mental Health
  • Woodlands and Writing for Wellbeing
  • Animals in school.

Sensible outdoor clothing required.

Forest School and Autism Workshop with Michael James

This will be an interactive workshop with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion as well as reflection.

What is Autism? Discussion of the process and history of AS diagnosis and why the learner led ethos of Forest School can suit AS learners.

  • Partnership working and the importance of preparation
  • Communication and social interaction – individual communication profiles and effective channels of communication that work well e.g. social stories
  • Social interaction and play – time and space inherent in the Forest School approach
  • Executive function and systemising
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School.

Cost: £130 incl VAT.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – OCN Level 3

A 3-day accredited CPD course with Jon Cree (unaccredited option available).

We will unpick theory, look at real life case studies, outdoor activities and have chats round the fire!

The days will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas, and activities that can be used in any natural setting. There will be time and space to consider specific issues that participants may be encountering with specific individuals in their care.

If you opt for the accredited option you have the opportunity of gaining a level 3 accreditation (worth 3 credits) from the OCNWMR (please note that this option requires some assessment via discussion participation and coursework to meet assessment criteria).

The course will include:

  • What do behaviours communicate and what is ‘challenging behaviour’?
  • The 3 C’s – models for working with behaviour
  • Why outdoors? – what needs does the natural world cater for?
  • Interventions & De-escalation – ways of working with behaviours
  • A ‘needs – based’ approach and what needs the outdoors satisfy
  • How to work with various ‘needs’ from neuro-typical through to various ‘attachment’ needs, including ASD, sensory attachments and more!
  • Self- care – Looking after ourselves
  • Working within Educational Settings, including policy & procedures.

This course is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘challenging behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

Suitable for: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers.

Cost: £295 accredited or £235 unaccredited.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.