Little Acorns Forest Schools Ltd run the ITC Awards Level 3 Forest Schools Practitioner qualification.
The course is split down into parts; firstly, it’s 4 days on site training – this will be an intensive immersion into the Forest School ethos and principles and how to deliver these to a range of age groups. It covers practical skills such as use of hand tools, use of shelters, fire and cooking outdoors plus a range of activities that can be placed within the programme that you deliver later. This 4 day training course also covers the educational benefits of Forest School programmes plus how to raise policies and procedures and risk assessments to enable a fully integrated outdoor programme to happen.
Next is a 2.5 day Outdoor First Aid / Paediatric First Aid Course to qualify you with an up to date and inclusive First Aid qualification fit for working in the Outdoor Industry. This course covers in more detail the basics of First Aid but also the considerations for working in the outdoor setting – specifically casualty care whilst waiting for an ambulance should you require it. It also covers catastrophic bleeds, pelvic and more detailed injuries. This course is taught outdoors at all times of the year and is based on the practical aspect of first aid – there is no powerpoint to look at and you will learn a vast array of skills and improve your own ability.
Following this, you will come forward for a 4-day Development Course once you have delivered your own Forest School programme (without tools or fire) in your own setting. You will also have completed your portfolio and sent it in for marking before you attend the Development course. During the course you will be formally assessed in your practical abilities and your delivery of Forest Schools sessions using Forest Schools ethos and methods. On successful completion of this and the internal/external moderation process, you will be notified and congratulated and will receive your qualification through the post. This whole process can take up to 12 months from the initial training course but this is totally dependent on the learner.
This course costs £900 and is payable prior to attending the course. Learners can go straight to Level 3 Forest School Leader without completing the Level 1 and 2 but only if they can demonstrate that they understand the ethos and principles of Forest School. If there is a Forest School operating close by then it would be beneficial to observe and assist with delivery prior to attending the course to gain an insight.
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Course dates for 2023 are as follows:
Course No. 1 – 14th to 17th February
Course No. 2 – 18th to 21st April
Course No. 3 – 9th to 12th May
Course No. 4 – 20th to 23rd June
Course No. 5 – 3rd to 6th July
Course No. 6 – 21st to 24th August
Course No. 7 – 25th to 28th September
Course No. 8 – 10th to 13th October
Course No. 9 – 14th to 17th November
** Please book onto these sessions using this link https://bookwhen.com/littleacornsforestschools with payment via bank transfer or card payment**