NEW Play Therapy and the Outdoors – Forest School, Play and Play Therapy

This 2 day course will help those working with groups of young people and children in the outdoors or at Forest School to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities. We explore strategies and methods through Forest Play and while this is not a therapy intervention the methods will incorporate a therapeutic approach. The play skills included will include sand play, music, fire and puppet play and story making.
Trainers will be Marina Robb, who has worked for many years in nature connection and with groups that have specific needs, and Kate Macairt, who has worked as a play therapist for 10 years and has been teaching on the post graduate diploma course for 7, will be facilitating the course.

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.

Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training

NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (RCF)

This Forest School training course also includes a second week of training from 19th-23rd Nov 2018.

This course is an opportunity to explore to a higher level different approaches to using the outdoor environment in a Forest School setting, and is for those who, and wish to, coordinate, manage and lead Forest School sessions with children, young people or adults.

You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

The course content of this qualification is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of

  • Holistic development
  • Neuro-science
  • Theories of Learning and Development
  • Woodland conservation, history and management
  • Wellbeing and nature connection
  • Risk benefit assessments

Course Duration

  • Initial training week – consisting of 5 days of training
  • Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (for about 7 months)
  • First Aid – candidates complete a 2 day ITC outdoor paediatric first aid course at own cost
  • Second week – consisting of further training and benchmarking.

Participants on this course will need to complete a paediatric outdoor First Aid 2 day course before completing their Forest School training. (First Aid not included in price)

The venue has basic accommodation on site which costs approx £16 per night. Details of how to book accommodation will be sent with confirmation of course booking.

Forest School Level 2 (Scotland)

girl peeping through a hole in a leaf

This qualification is intended for those who wish to become an assistant Forest School Leader. The units for Level 2 include ‘Skills for the Forest School Programme Assistant and Support Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme’.

Minimum age 16 years and some experience in Forest School advised.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

  • Understand how a Forest School can support an individual’s learning and development
  • Know how experiences can support learning and development at a Forest School
  • Be able to perform the role of Assistant at a Forest School
  • Understand sustainable woodland management at a Forest School
  • Understand the role of risk assessment at Forest School
  • Be able to carry out practical tasks at Forest School.

Course involvement level

  • 3 days training
  • Portfolio to be handed in within 6 months

What’s included?

  • 3 days training
  • Your supportive learning materials
  • Remote trainer and online support

Duration: 6 months to complete submission

Nature Kindergartens

sign saying Auchlone Nature Kindergarten

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten is an award winning early years centre in Perthshire where children spend over 85% of their time outdoors. By visiting Auchlone and learning and exploring the ethos and methodology of a nature kindergarten as defined by Claire Warden, you will be able to improve your own practice inside, outside, and beyond!

This course will be delivered via powerpoint presentation and will also include a visit to Auchlone Nature Kindergarten where you can explore the site and ask questions.

We will address practical issues linked to an outdoor education on a daily basis to help you develop outdoor learning in your practice. You will also get an insight into how we use Floorbooks to support our practice. We will then explore how you can implement parts of the nature kindergarten ethos into your own practice to create authentic and rich learning experiences and to improve your practice.

This course is not only ideal for people looking to set up an outdoor learning centre or those who currently work in one, but is also for educators who wish to begin intertwining nature into all forms of learning whether they are in a rural or urban setting. Develop the way that you engage with the natural environment.

Aims

• To explore the origins and approach of Nature Kindergartens internationally and to look at the methodology behind nature education as defined by Claire Warden
• To be able to plan for a relevant nature space in consultation with children
• To look at the layout and day-to-day operation of an outdoor learning environment
• To explore how the Nature Kindergarten methodology can be implemented in any kind of setting or practice.

Learning outcomes/objectives

You will be able to:
• Implement aspects of Nature Kindergarten practice to your setting
• Record and evidence children’s learning using nature as a mechanism to cover the whole curriculum
• Create natural spaces inside and out, establishing rich learning environments.

Wonder Full Early Years Training Hub Open Day

Open Day – 25th January 2018
10am-4pm. Last entry 3pm.
£5 per person (reimbursed when booking on future courses).

Come and visit us at our Wonder Full Early Years Training Hub.

Visiting us on one of our open days gives you the opportunity to see our inspiring space, including the fascinating areas of provision set up in our outdoor woodland area and, if you like, take photos. Our spaces offer a wealth of rich, stimulating ideas, resources and materials for supporting young children’s learning and development, so take your time to wander round, think and reflect, or develop ideas as a team.

For more details, or to book a place please email info@wonderfullearlyyears.co.uk

30 Days Wild

person walking through a meadow with the 30 days wild logo over the top and the question Can You Do Someting Wild Every Day For A Month?

“Make room for nature this June – no matter where you are or how busy your life! When you sign up to the challenge, we’ll send you a pack full of ideas, encouragement and Random Acts of Wildness. You’ll also receive a funky wallchart to track your progress, a wild badge, and regular blasts of inspiration throughout June to help you make nature part of your life.

What is a Random Act of Wildness?

A Random Act of Wildness is any thing that you can do in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. They can take a few seconds, a few minutes, or if you lose yourself completely, a few hours! We’ve got 101 ideas – but you can make up your own, too!”

National Parks Week

Boy Jumping On A Wild Hillside

‘National Parks Week is the National Parks family’s annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks – Britain’s breathing spaces.

There are events across the UK’s 15 National Parks, including many free family events. Choose your nearest Park on the National Park Website, and join in fun activities for all, including:

  • Family friendly adventures
  • Quirky adventures
  • Adventures for beginners
  • Walking routes
  • Family activities
  • Trail running
  • Cycle routes
  • Camping areas

There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walking, cycling and star-gazing.’

#NationalParksWeek

Flame Academy: Family Firelighting

roaring fire with a Muddy Faces logo

One day workshop – £65 for two adults and up to 3 children (if you have more than that in your family then give us a call!)

Spend the day in the woods with the Go Wild team learning all about how to safely site, light and manage fire.

The ideal opportunity to discover ways of involving children in the fire lighting process.

Of course, there will be food! We will provide you with a warm soup at lunchtime and there will be campfire nibbles and hot drinks available throughout the d.ay.

This course is for families of all ages, although be aware that it is a long day in the woods and we will be outside for the whole day. If you’re not sure then get in touch!


Photo credit: Muddy Faces – one of our fire boxes

Outdoor Mentor – Spring ID

Welcome the arrival of spring by joining us in the beautiful setting of our Caerwys woodland. This session is about spotting signs of spring what to look for and where.

Sessions are free but booking is essential.

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.

May Day Outdoor Fair

We will have a stall at Highworth May Day Fair (near Swindon, SN6) on Saturday 5th May in the Market Square.

We will have free outdoor activities, and help and advice on completing Outdoor Learning or Forest School Training or wanting to join sessions.

The event will have a traditional Wiltshire ‘Green Man’ where you can take a piece of greenery for luck the whole year round; outdoor drummers; pipes; a traditional May Pole; clog dancers; races, fancy dress; outdoor circus acts; community cider; outdoor stalls and farm animals.

Making Natural Play Structures Course with John Cree

A super full day of fun learning aimed at teachers, childminders, rangers and forest school leaders!

Rope swings, rope bridges, rope walks (in fact any rope things for creative play) and other greenwood play structures will be built, along with consideration for health & safety and risk assessments.

Based at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds, where thousands of children enjoy outdoor learning and play each year in woodland, meadow & pond settings.

Led by Jon Cree, an inspirational tutor with over 30 years’ experience as an environmental and earth educator and trainer. Jon is a Field Studies Council Trainer based at Bishops Wood Centre, with a passion for helping others ‘get in touch’ with the natural world through dynamic learning programmes and hands-on learning experiences.

We will sustain you with tea & coffee, and some very gorgeous cake from That Old Chestnut, a friendly Leeds-based bakery that uses organic ingredients 100% free from animal products. Please bring a packed lunch with you – local options are limited.

Skelton Grange is a beautiful, light eco-building set in a nature reserve with ponds, meadows, woodland, vegetable garden & fruit orchard. If the weather is inviting, you are very welcome to enjoy your lunch or cup of tea outdoors and wander…

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre, which you can read more about on our website. You can also view other workshops & events we are planning!

Woods Mill Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

Nature Tots is for 3-5 year olds, with accompanying adults

Bring your little ones along to help them explore the natural world. This will involve getting to know the forest school site, woodland activities, stories, singing and lots more!

Each week will have a different theme which will always be based in a special forest school site. Children will learn to become confident in the woodland setting, learn basic woodcraft skills, explore their natural surroundings, including storytelling, singing and lots of woodland activities. It’ll provide a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and will aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife.

NEW NATURE TOTS GUIDELINES FOR YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Please state on booking if you are bringing a younger sibling aged two and under to enjoy the songs, stories and games free of charge.
If you are bringing a younger sibling aged two with an older Nature Tot that you wish to take part in the woodcraft activities, please ensure you book and pay for the additional place.

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots/wellingtons.
  • Drink, snack and mud provided.
  • Not suitable for wheelchairs or those with compromised mobility.
  • Sorry no dogs allowed on the reserve.
  • Toilets on site.
  • Compass bus no.100 stops at Woods Mill.

SORRY, THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Please get in touch to go our our waiting list.

Starts Wednesday 6 June to 18 July (7 Sessions)
9.45-11.45am

Photo credit: Sue Curnock

Stanmer Park Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

Nature Tots is for 3-5 years olds, with accompanying adults

Starts Friday 8 June to 20 July (7 sessions)
10am-12 noon

Bring your little ones along to help them explore the natural world. This will involve getting to know the forest school site and the fire circle, woodcraft activities, stories, games and lots more!

Each week will have a different theme based in a special forest school site. Children will learn to become confident in an outdoor setting, learn basic woodcraft skills and explore their natural surroundings with storytelling, games and lots of outdoor activities. It’ll provide a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and will aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife. Drink, snack and plenty of mud provided!

Meet at Stanmer Park Upper Lodges car park, BN1 9QB off Ditchling Road north of A27/Coldean lane. This is a different car park to the Stanmer Park main car park in the village. Meeting point is by the Stanmer Estate Notice Board. We will leave the meeting point promptly at 10.05am.

  • Wheel chair access at this site is very limited. Some paths are accessible but the woodland site has obstacles such as tree stumps and soft ground.
  • Nearest public toilets are in Stanmer Village.
  • Free parking at Upper Lodges car park.
  • Sorry no dogs.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear outdoor clothing and walking boots/wellingtons.

NATURE TOTS GUIDELINES FOR YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Please state on booking if you are bringing a younger sibling aged two and under to enjoy the stories and games free of charge. If you are bringing a younger sibling aged two along with an older Nature Tot and you wish them to also take part in the woodcraft activities, please ensure you book and pay for the additional place.

Seven Sisters Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

 Nature Tots is for 3 – 5 year olds with accompanying adults

Starts Wednesday 13 June to 18 July (6 sessions)
10am – 12noon

Bring your little ones along to help them explore the natural world. This will involve getting to know the forest school site and the fire circle, woodland activities, stories and lots more!

Each week will have a different theme which will always be based in a special forest school site with a fire circle as a central focus for each session. Children will learn to become confident in the woodland setting, learn basic skills, explore their natural surroundings, including storytelling, singing and lots of woodland activities. It’ll provide a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and will aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife. Camp fire, warm drink and mud provided.Meet at the Pump Barn behind the Visitor Centre, Seven Sisters Country Park, Exceat, nr Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AD.

NEW NATURE TOTS GUIDELINES FOR YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Please state on booking if you are bringing a younger sibling aged two and under to enjoy the songs, stories and games free of charge. If you are bringing a younger sibling aged two with an older Nature Tot that you wish to take part in the woodcraft activities, please ensure you book and pay for the additional place.

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear outdoor clothing and walking boots/wellingtons.
  • Log fire, warm drinks and mud provided.
  • Limited wheelchair access to woodland.
  • Toilets at Visitor Centre.
  • Sorry no dogs
  • Pay and display car park charges apply.

For more information visit our website www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/naturetots

Tilgate Park Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

Nature Tots is for 3 – 5 year olds with accompanying adults

Starts Thursday 14 June to 5 July (4 sessions)
10am-12noon
018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bring your little ones along to help them explore the natural world. This will involve getting to know the forest school site and the fire circle, woodland activities, stories and lots more!

Each week will have a different theme which will be based in a special forest school site with a fire circle as a central focus for each session. Children will learn to become confident in the woodland setting, learn basic skills, explore their natural surroundings, including storytelling and woodland activities. It’ll provide a great opportunity for you and your little ones to have fun in the natural environment and will aim to encourage an early interest in wildlife.

Meet outside the Walled Garden Cafe, Tilgate Park, Titmus Drive, Tilgate, Crawley, RH10 5PQ, which is a ten minute walk from the forest school site. Free parking available, directions will be sent upon booking.

NEW NATURE TOTS GUIDELINES FOR YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Please state on booking if you are bringing a younger sibling aged two and under to enjoy the songs, stories and games free of charge. If you are bringing a younger sibling aged two with an older Nature Tot that you wish to take part in the woodcraft activities, please ensure you book and pay for the additional place.

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear suitable clothing and sturdy boots/wellingtons.
  • Log fire, warm drinks and mud provided.
  • Sorry no dogs.

Rye Bay Nature Tots

small children paddling in mud and holding buckets

Bring your little ones along for weekly family fun in Rye Bay.

Starts Friday 15 June to 20 July (6 sessions)
10am-12noon 

We shall be using Pett Level and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve as venues for outdoor activities and games. Our activities will connect with the beach environment and the tides, providing a wonderful opportunity for your little ones to experience and learn from nature. Children and parents will be engaged in hands-on outdoor activities themed around wildlife in a coastal setting.

The sessions will encourage independent learning and team working – all of which will help to boost communication skills, problem solving, physical development and creativity. This is child-led learning and the role of the accompanying adults is to assist the Tots in doing as much of the task for themselves as possible.

We go outside rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be ready to get wet and muddy! We sometimes build shelters and also have a quick shelter in case of showers. It is essential that the children are appropriately dressed as the temperature can be a little cooler on the beach, and on the reserve, long trousers and stout shoes or boots are recommended. So why not come along and give it a go!

Meeting points:

Pett Level – Meet next to the Smuggler Pub, Pett Level Rd, Pett Level, TN35 4EH

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Meet by the information kiosk in Rye Harbour car park, Rye Harbour, TN31 7TX

Suitable for children aged 3-5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult

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.

Premium Forest School Leader Training (OCNWM L3) package

Find deeper meaning in your work.
Re-examine your beliefs about leadership and teaching.

  • Understand the Forest School leader’s role in a free learning environment
  • Shift your focus from control and organisation
  • Discover how to empower your learners, supporting them to gain mastery of physical, social and emotional skills
  • Build connections with nature, each other and reconnect with yourself.

Forest School training with us is a community-based learning experience; it is also highly personalised and transformative when you fully commit to exploring the challenges and opportunities offered.

This Forest School Leadership package includes the OCNWM L3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (worth 18 Credits), delivered by Sarah Lawfull (FSA Endorsed Trainer) and 16-hour Outdoor First Aid training and an L2 Food Safety qualification, made relevant to the Outdoors, delivered by Chris Johnson. Ongoing mentoring and membership of the Forest School Association, plus a supportive workplace Delivery Assessment and access to skillshares.

One week in the Easter Holiday and one week in the Summer Holiday (longer days in the summer).

Accommodation (full board) and camping (self-catering) available – contact Adventure Plus directly.

Spring Celebrations – seasonal nature-based activities & crafts

This woodland workshop will explore ways to create simple seasonal celebrations outdoors. There will be lots of practical input and nature-based activities. Drawing on folklore, tree wisdom and the traditions of the Celtic festivals, we will also incorporate crafts using natural materials to make our own particular Spring celebration!

Please bring your own sunshine!

The course will include:
• An introduction to the celtic ‘wheel of the year’, associated folklore and festivals
• Ideas and inspiration for how nature and a range of natural resources can be used as a stimulus for exploring the seasons
• Creating & participating in our own spring celebration
• Deepen participants own connection to nature and the seasons.

This workshop is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of how the seasons can be used as a stimulus for learning and celebrating when working with all ages and abilities and/or for personal interest & understanding.

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

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.

Lost Words – the art of nature connecting through words & pictures

This one-day CPD workshop with Jon Cree will explore our emotional and nature literacy through simple oral and wordsmithing, and sketching.

Through sensory activity and observation we will be looking at narrative of story, prose and poetry. When this is combined with simple sketch and painting techniques in the outdoors a deeper connection is made with the natural world.

The day will use Jackie Morris’s and Robert MacFarlene’s gorgeous book ‘The Lost Words’ to literally journal our way into nature. The day will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas and activities that can be used in any natural setting.

The workshop will include:

  • Ways of working outside through the seasons to build students observation and journaling abilities
  • Integrating a more holistic way of working outside combining literacy, art and science
  • Understanding how words and pictures can be used to support learning and nature connection
  • A range of outdoor, nature-based activities to start your repertoire to use with learners.

The course is for anyone wanting to enrich Literacy, Art, Nature Connection and Outdoor Learning opportunities through words, pictures and poetry in the outdoor environment.

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