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.

First Aid in the Outdoors for Outdoor Educators

This certified course is the 16 hour first aid in the outdoors course and covers paediatrics and is relevant for Forest School leaders, teachers or outdoor educators who work in school grounds or local outdoor environments. It is not for those working in remote wilderness/outdoor adventure activity environments. The course is a hands-on course conducted mostly outside looking at real life scenarios that may be encountered in Forest School or natural outdoor spaces.

Your trainer will be from Anubis UK Ltd who have been delivering CEIH approved courses in food hygiene and First Aid in the Outdoors courses here at Bishops Wood for many years.

NEW Songs and Rhythm at Forest School and in the Outdoors

This twilight session will include activities, games and tricks to encourage use of the voice and exploring natural rhythms and sounds in the outdoors. The evening will explore patterns in music using the natural world and ways of simply teaching and sharing rhythms and songs. We will share some simple natural world-based songs, including how to incorporate story and movement. You will definitely go away with some new songs that can be shared around the fire.

Trainers will be Helen Fairest, who has been incorporating song and rhythm into her work with young people for 24 years at Active Training and Education and in Forest Schools from nursery to Year 6, and Jon Cree, who has been involved with choirs for almost 30 years and loves a good rhythm and song.

Cost: £55 or £50 if booked two 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.

Making Natural Playstructures

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

Course Tutor – Jon Cree.

Cost: £55 or £50 if booked two months in advance.

Forest School Courses at FSC Bishops Wood and West Sussex

Forest School has been running at Bishops Wood since 1999 with groups from 3 years up to 18 year olds. This has included early years settings, mainstream and special schools.

We have been running the training since 2007. Staff have been involved in the national development of Forest School who have been instrumental in the establishment of the Forest School Association and supported the growth of the local Worcestershire Forest School network since it was started in 2001. This has included supporting practitioners in establishing Forest School in many settings – from early years through to secondary special schools.

Our ‘nurture in nature’ approach runs through from our Forest School practice into the training; we pride ourselves on our supportive ethos. The delivery is predominantly outdoor-based, and utilises a number of inspirational, innovative and participatory training techniques.

Our trainers, Julie Grainger, Jon Cree and Vicki Wood all have a passion for the natural world and its positive impact on health and well-being. The team have extensive experience in running FS and curriculum based programmes, across all key stages. They also have a significant working knowledge of woodland management and practical skills with tools and fire.

Jon was the founding chair of the national Forest School Association and Julie is one of the first nationally endorsed Forest School trainers by the Forest School Association.

We run the courses in a modular format – if level 2 then this takes 2 modules over two months (4 days in total) and if level 3 then this takes 4 modules over four months (9 days in total). The final coursework hand-in dates are approximately a year later.

We have one course starting on February 28th at FSC Bishops Wood and one on March 15th in West Sussex.

Cost: £890 for level 3 and £505 for level 2.

Certificated Food Hygiene in the Outdoors Level 2 Course

This is a hands-on day will take place outdoors and you will be cooking! It will give participants the opportunity to see the practical applications of food hygiene when cooking outside.

The course will cover bacteria in the woods, food storage temperatures – how to manage these without a fridge. Chopping boards – which ones to take and how to clean; high risk foods – the surprise of the scary carrot! Cooking temperatures, personal hygiene and that of the students! Food allergies and other contaminants.

Your trainers will be Sal Teasedale from Anubis Uk Ltd and Julie Grainger, Forest School Leader and Trainer here at Bishops Wood. Anubis UK Ltd have been delivering CEIH approved courses in food hygiene for many years. They also deliver our First Aid in the Outdoors courses here at Bishops Wood.

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Greenwich Course

Willow Dene Primary School
Swingate Lane
Plumstead SE18 2JD

Course Dates  23rd, 24th, 25th January and 1st, 2nd February 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 26th & 27th April 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Little Forest Folk – CPD Training

We recently gave a presentation and delivered a workshop at the National Associate of Head Teachers conference and as such, requests for individual training and site visits have been coming in thick and fast. Our capacity to cope with the level of enquiries has officially hit its limit!

In response, as we know so many of you are extremely keen to see what we do at Little Forest Folk, to feel inspired and to ask those burning ‘how do you..?’ questions, we are excited to announce the launch of Little Forest Folk training days.

Little Forest Folk training days will take place in Wimbledon, South West London on selected dates in 2018 for small groups limited to a maximum of 16 attendees per training day.

Cost: £40 Half Day / £125 Full Day

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.

Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training – modular

Modular Forest School Training sessions

Participants will attend all of: 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th May 2018, 4th and 5th Oct 2018, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th Feb 2019.

NOCN Forest School Level 3 Training

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.

Course leaders will be Lily Horseman of Kindling and Harriet Menter of Scotswood Natural Community Garden.

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

  • Child development
  • Personal development
  • Neuro-science
  • Nature Connection
  • Creativity and crafts
  • Woodland conservation and management
  • Innovative and therapeutic theory in the outdoors
  • Risk assessments to enable safe outdoor play and education

Course Duration

  • Initial training – consisting of 4 days of training
  • Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (For about 4 months)
  • 2 days training and planning
  • 3 more months of work on portfolios
  • First Aid – Candidates complete a 2 day ITC first aid course
  • Development Training – Consisting of 4 days of including assessment

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).

Forest school Level 3 Leader Training

Little Ireley Course

Little Ireley
Broadway Road
Winchcombe GL54 5NY

January/February Course Dates 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th January and 5th February 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days: 8th & 9th March 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

 

 

Forest school Level 3 Leader Training

Little Ireley Course

Little Ireley
Broadway Road
Winchcombe GL54 5NY

June/July Course Dates 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th June and 2nd July 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days: 20th & 21st Sept 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest school Level 3 Leader Training

Little Ireley course

Little Ireley
Broadway Road
Winchcombe
GL54 5NY

August Course Dates 6th, 7th, 8th and 13th, 14th August 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 18th & 19th October 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Buckinghamshire Course

Shortenills Enviromental Centre
Nightingale Lane
Chalfont St Giles HP8 4SG

June Course Dates 13th, 14th, 15th and 21st, 22nd June 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 13th & 14th September 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Merton Court course

Merton Court School
Knoll Road
Sidcup
Kent DA14 4QU

May Course Dates 14th, 15th, 16th May and 21st, 22nd May 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 24th & 25th September 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Greenwich Course

Willow Dene Primary School
Swingate Lane
Plumstead SE18 2JD

May Course Dates 9th, 10th , 11th and 16th, 17th May 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 5th & 6th July 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Bristol Course

Redcliffe Children’s Centre
Spencer House
Ship Lane
Redcliffe
Bristol BS1 6RR

April – June Course Dates 23rd, 30th April and 14th, 21st May and 4th June 2018 (5 Mondays)

Skills Days 17th & 18th September 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Hackney Course

Clapton Park Children’s Centre
161 Daubeney Road
Hackney
London E5 0EP

March Course Dates 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 27th, 28th March 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 23rd & 24th May 2018

 

 

 

 

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 3 Leader Training

Bromley Course

James Dixon Primary School
William Booth Road
Anerley
London SE20 8BW

Course Dates 27th, 28th February and 1st, 6th & 7th March 2018 (5 Days)

Skills Days 6th & 7th June 2018

Cost: £875 plus vat

Forest School Level 2 (Scotland)

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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

Forest School Level 3 (Scotland)

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Level 3 Award in Forest School Programme Leadership.

This is a 5 day course from Feb 1st to Feb 3rd, and Sep 7th to Sep 8th.

This qualification is intended to provide the skills and knowledge required to set up and deliver safe and effective Forest School Programmes, for those who wish to become Forest School Leaders. The units for Level 3 are ‘Delivery of a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Planning a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Forest School Programme and the Woodland Environment’ and ‘Practical Skills for a Forest School Programme.’

Minimum age 19 years and experience in Forest School, youth work or education advised.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

  • Understand the structures of woodlands
  • Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna
  • Understand the importance of flora and fauna identification for the Forest School Programme leader
  • Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment
  • Be able to deliver a Forest School programme
  • Be able to assess the impact of Forest School on participants
  • Be able to evaluate a Forest School programme
  • Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to a Forest School programme
  • Understand how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning
  • Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at a Forest School programme
  • Be able to reflect on your own Forest School training
  • Understand the development of the Forest School ethos
  • Understand the ecological impact of a Forest School programme
  • Know the relevant policies and procedures required for a Forest School programme
  • Be able to plan a Forest School programme
  • Be able to facilitate a range of woodland skills appropriate to a Forest School programme
  • Be able to facilitate campfire management appropriate to a Forest School programme.

Course involvement level

  • 5 days training
  • Portfolio to be handed in within a year

What’s included?

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

Forest School Level 3 (Scotland)

girl peeping through a hole in a leaf

Level 3 Award in Forest School Programme Leadership

This qualification is intended to provide the skills and knowledge required to set up and deliver safe and effective Forest School Programmes, for those who wish to become Forest School Leaders. The units for Level 3 are ‘Delivery of a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Planning a Forest School Programme,’ ‘Forest School Programme and the Woodland Environment’ and ‘Practical Skills for a Forest School Programme.’

Minimum age 19 years and experience in Forest School, youth work or education advised.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

  • Understand the structures of woodlands
  • Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna
  • Understand the importance of flora and fauna identification for the Forest School Programme leader
  • Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment
  • Be able to deliver a Forest School programme
  • Be able to assess the impact of Forest School on participants
  • Be able to evaluate a Forest School programme
  • Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to a Forest School programme
  • Understand how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning
  • Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at a Forest School programme
  • Be able to reflect on your own Forest School training
  • Understand the development of the Forest School ethos
  • Understand the ecological impact of a Forest School programme
  • Know the relevant policies and procedures required for a Forest School programme
  • Be able to plan a Forest School programme
  • Be able to facilitate a range of woodland skills appropriate to a Forest School programme
  • Be able to facilitate campfire management appropriate to a Forest School programme.

Course involvement level

  • 5 days training
  • Portfolio to be handed in within a year

What’s included?

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

Duration: one year of complete submission.

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