Forest School Programme Leadership
(Level 3 Certificate)
July 7th – 11th and October 16th – 19th, 2014
(Including written assessments, training will be completed by Dec 2014)
Great news, Earth Force Education, host to the first Forest School leadership training in southern Ireland, is delighted to announce that we are hosting a second Forest School Leadership training and are open for bookings. See below for more about this ground-breaking training for Ireland.
You can read an Irish Times article about the first Forest School training in southern Ireland and see a feature about place-based nature education in Ireland on RTE’s Nationwide earlier this year about the host, Earth Force Education.
“This is the best training I have ever done. I enjoyed all the aspects especially the hands on doing. Each trainer brought their different strengths and you all worked together with such passion and a strong united vision.” – Co. Wicklow training participant 2013.
This qualification is being taught by the highly qualified UK Forest School training provider Circle of Life Rediscovery.
What is Forest School?
“Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.” Forest School Association
Forest School level 3 certification is for environmental educators, school teachers, group leaders, outdoor education centres, créches, pre-schools and those with the relevant experience interested in a qualification in delivering forest school experiences in Ireland.
Forest Schools are based on outdoor schools in Scandinavia, where children and young adults play and learn in nature. There is much documented evidence to show how minds, bodies and hearts are all exercised at once. See this video about Forest School level 3 qualification from Circle of Life Rediscovery, the provider of this training.
“I will be recommending it to everyone and hopefully arrange a training day for childcare providers.” – Co. Wicklow training participant 2013.
This training is:
· Level 3 certified through the Open College Network.
· An internationally recognised qualification of the highest quality standard.
· Underpinned by our philosophy and nature connection values.
· Set in the wider context of ecological education, bush-craft and nature connection.
· Combines personal, environmental and cultural understanding within a dynamic of holistic development.
· Suitable for working with all ages.
· Run by highly trained and experienced staff.
Who is the training designed for?
This Level 3 Training is designed for professionals already working with young people who wish to establish and deliver a Forest School/Environmental Education programme. It is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant qualifications (teachers, youth workers, playworkers, rangers, ecologists or teaching assistants with experience of working with young people or adults (at least 2 years).
Assessment will combine written work, use of practice file, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and group discussion. This Training requires a significant level of paper work e.g. short written assignments, risk assessments and health and safety policies. You can let us know in advance if you have any concerns in this area.
Participants should also have access to a group with whom they will run a 6 week Forest School Programme.
All participants must be Garda vetted and hold a first aid certificate by the end of the Training. This is the 16 hour Level 2 wilderness first aid certificate or equivalent. We can provide this during the Training (at an additional cost of €120).
Cost and how to book a place:
Please note: To complete the certification you must have up-to-date Wilderness First Aid Level 2 certificate and be Garda/CRB vetted by Oct 2014.
Next steps if you would like take part in this training: