Forest School training - Levels 1, 2 and 3
huathe offers Forest School training at Levels 1, 2, and 3. This enables our learners to choose the qualification that suits them best and to top up to leadership level if they wish.
Levels 1 and 2 are for those wanting to know more about Forest School and for those interested in helping or supporting, but not leading.
Level 3 gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to become a Forest School leader and take children out to the woods to learn. This is the most popular course.
There is more information on each level below
Level 3 - Forest School
This course will equip you to lead Forest School with young people, children or adults. It is accredited by Open College Network and recognised by the Forest School Trainers Network. It is considered essential for those wishing to lead Forest School. On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Region Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders.
Content is a carefully structured mix of theory and practical activity, aiming to inspire students to achieve a heartfelt understanding of the Forest School ethos and to empower you to ‘go out there and do it’.
Training takes about nine months to complete and includes 110 hours of self study. Teaching input can be a mixture of long weekends or continuous block of days. We include active support for you to complete your training throughout the period of study.
The course is structured in five units:
1. Delivery of a Forest School programme
2. Forest School programmes and the woodland environment
3. Learning and development at Forest School
4. Plannng a Forest School programme
5. Practical skills for a Forest School programme
Students will need to carry out background reading and research and complete a Forest School workbook which includes all aspects of the study programme. The course also includes a Forest School project of at least six weeks which you will plan, deliver, and evaluate providing evidence of observation, reflection and assessment. Students also need to complete a two day outdoor (Paediatric) First Aid course which is usually part of the course.
To be considered for Forest School Leadership Training you will first need:
to be aged 21 or over
to hold a Level 2 certificate in child care or youth work (or to have at least two years experience of working with children and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, playleader or nursery manager), or Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Professional Status.
a current DBS certificate
A list of our current Level 3 courses is here
Level 2 is the course for people who want to help at Forest School, but not be the Forest School leader. It is great for committed staff, volunteers and sometimes parents who are interested and is a good grounding in Forest School. It includes 5 days of training and some course work where students assist at a Forest School. Level 2 students are able to ‘top up’ to Level 3 with us – you do not need Level 2 to begin Level 3.
Level 1: Introduction to Forest School
This is suitable for people who wish to know more about Forest School, but who don’t want to lead Forest School groups. It includes 3 days of training and includes observations of other Forest School sessions. Level 1 students are able to ‘top up’ to Levels 2 and 3 – you do not need to begin your journey here if you know you would like to be a Forest School Assistant or leader.