Teach, Play and Learn Outside

Why not let children learn the fun way, outside? Come and join us in a fun packed day filled with ideas and activities you can take back to your setting which will connect your children to the natural environment. All handouts included.

Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2) training course

Learn how to link the primary curriculum with outdoor activities in your teaching and discover how to use your school grounds as a classroom and become a qualified Leader in Outdoor Learning (Level 2) accredited by the Open College Network West Midlands.

30 & 31 March 2020.

Family Forest School Fun

Go on an adventure this Easter holidays with our Forest School inspired session set in the heart of Lee Valley Regional Park. The kids will learn about the wonder of nature through wild play in our tree park at Waltham Abbey Gardens as well as use basic bushcraft tools and take inspiration from the world around them to create works of art and craft a journey stick to take home with them. This session is great for school holiday fun and as part of a home schooling programme Plus accompanying adults go FREE!
Please be aware, many paths are not paved and uneven or have vegetation, which maybe difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Booking is required for this event
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Stone Age Family Fun

Delve into the Stone Age with this fun educational session! Your children will learn about the tools used by Stone Age Man as well as flora and fauna that was around 40,000 years ago. With an exciting scavenger hunt quiz, testing out tools and caveman fire lighting this session is perfect for those covering Stone Age at school or as part of a home schooling programme. Plus accompanying adults go FREE!
Please be aware, many paths are not paved and uneven or have vegetation, which maybe difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Booking is required for this event
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wild About Wetlands

Wild About Wetland is back for 2020! This FREE family fun day set in the heart of Lee Valley Regional Park will give your children a taste of what our wild world has to offer with pond dipping for our water dwelling creatures, tackling our Wetland Detective Trail and meeting bees, bats and birds with the experts. This and much more will get your summer holidays off to a flying start.

Join us for our guided minibeast walks in the Cornmill Meadows at 11:00 and 13:00
Get your face painted as your favourite animal
Make the most out of the summers day with a picnic in the beautiful Waltham Abbey Gardens. Refreshments are also available at Waltham Abbey Church
Parking is limited so please arrive early. Parking charges apply.

Family Woodland Explorers Day

Rewild your child with our sell out Family Woodland Explorers Day! Let them embrace the outdoors, like you did when you were a child with den building, bug hunting, making elder necklaces and enjoying the great outdoors together. You’ll even get to sample some campfire treats that are provided. This session is great for school holiday fun and as part of a home schooling programme. Plus accompanying adults go FREE!

Please be aware, many paths are not paved and uneven or have vegetation, which maybe difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Please bring along your own lunch for the day. You’ll get to sample our tasty treats as well.
All equipment is provided for the activities
This previously sold out event only has 25 spaces, so make sure you get your children’s today.
Booking is required for this event
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – HYBRID COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association.

Our Forest School hybrid course has been developed for staff who may struggle to take 5 days out of their busy lives to receive the traditional format of theory and practice in face to face training.

The course consists of 11 online modules exploring the theoretical aspects of Forest School. Within these you will be asked to reflect upon their own practice and document your learning. 5 pre-requisite modules will be provided upon your enrolment and payment. These should be completed prior to your face to face training, the remaining modules can be completed within 6 months of registration.

You will attend 2.5 days face to face training in the practical aspects of Forest School, during this time our trainer will assess your skill levels.

The course culminates in your creation of a Forest School portfolio to evidence the five Forest School Level 3 units of Delivery, Learning and Development, Planning and Preparation, Practical Skills and Woodland Environment. Supportive learning materials, remote trainer and online support are provided.

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.
– 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 requires 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:
– 2.5 days face to face training in the outdoors.
– 11 online modules (estimated duration for completion 65 hours – including assignments and reflection time).
– Delivery of 6 sessions over 6 weeks whilst tracking the progress of 3 children.
– Portfolio evidence to be submitted within 1 year.

Mindstretchers will take responsibility for the delivery of the entire programme and this will include the registration of candidates with ITC, support with course bookings, the administration of course delivery, evaluation of course outputs and initial report, on-going and final reports regarding the contract. Methodology follows ITC guidelines. We believe in equal opportunities allowing candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques: video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks.

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – HYBRID COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association.

Our Forest School hybrid course has been developed for staff who may struggle to take 5 days out of their busy lives to receive the traditional format of theory and practice in face to face training.

The course consists of 11 online modules exploring the theoretical aspects of Forest School. Within these you will be asked to reflect upon their own practice and document your learning. 5 pre-requisite modules will be provided upon your enrolment and payment. These should be completed prior to your face to face training, the remaining modules can be completed within 6 months of registration.

You will attend 2.5 days face to face training in the practical aspects of Forest School, during this time our trainer will assess your skill levels.

The course culminates in your creation of a Forest School portfolio to evidence the five Forest School Level 3 units of Delivery, Learning and Development, Planning and Preparation, Practical Skills and Woodland Environment. Supportive learning materials, remote trainer and online support are provided.

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.
– 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 requires 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:
– 2.5 days face to face training in the outdoors.
– 11 online modules (estimated duration for completion 65 hours – including assignments and reflection time).
– Delivery of 6 sessions over 6 weeks whilst tracking the progress of 3 children.
– Portfolio evidence to be submitted within 1 year.

Mindstretchers will take responsibility for the delivery of the entire programme and this will include the registration of candidates with ITC, support with course bookings, the administration of course delivery, evaluation of course outputs and initial report, on-going and final reports regarding the contract. Methodology follows ITC guidelines. We believe in equal opportunities allowing candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques: video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks.