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Forest School Training in Hackney

This isn't Outdoor People, posting here to promote the opportunity. You can download an information pack here. The next dates are 17/11/14 to 21/11 /14 inclusive at Clapton Park Children's Centre. If you are interested ring 07989 996753 (Chris Dee) or 07787 157712 (Wendi Vick)
Forest School Information Pack
Forest School Learning Initiative are delighted to extend the provision of Forest School Leader Training in your area to enable more practitioners to lead Forest School Sessions in their setting.
What is Forest School? Forest School uses the outdoor environment to help all children learn. Children are encouraged to develop independence skills, improve their decision-making, and raise their self-esteem through small achievable tasks. All Learning is child led and Children show a keenness to learn at Forest School.
Sessions of Forest School are child/learner led to accommodate individual learning styles and schemas, children/learners are encouraged to make choices, and follow their own learning. The adult’s role is facilitative and enables observation and assessment of the children/learners by the qualified Forest School Leaders.
Forest School/Nature Nurseries have been an integral part of early years education in Scandinavia since the 1950s. Their philosophy of the Forest School/Nature Nurseries was based upon a desire to provide young children with an education which encouraged appreciation of the wide, natural world and which would encourage responsibility for nature conservation in later life.
Teachers Learning Support Staff and Child Care Workers involved with children/learners who undertake Forest School report significant improvements in independence, self esteem, social skills, and concentration levels.
Parents of children involved in Forest School have reported changes in independence, self-esteem and their child’s social outlook.
Forest School can demonstrate the five key areas of Every Child Matters and may be closely linked to EYFS in particular the emphasis for children to be outdoors. Forest School gives practitioners a “model” to work outdoors with children.
Who can Benefit from Forest School?
Children/learners of any age. Considerable experience has been gained in developing Forest School in The Foundation Stage but over the past 5 years this has been extended through the Key Stages in many schools. Considerable work is now being done into Key Stage 3.
What is the Forest School Learning Initiative?
This organisation has been established by two exceptionally experienced Forest School Leaders, in response to the need to extend Forest School provision.
Christina Dee and Wendi Vick have been the leaders of Forest School training since 2000 training in excess of 800 Forest School Leaders and supporting them in the development and implementation of Forest School all over the country.
Feedback from training offered by Chris and Wendi has been exceptional, they have also consistently achieved a 95% completion rate.
Forest School Learning Initiative offers you the opportunity to undertake NOCN training Level 3 provided by experienced trainers who have an outstanding reputation and continue to be practicing Forest School Leaders themselves on a weekly basis.
Forest School Learning Initiative is of course insured. Chris and Wendi hold current CRB checks and First Aid at Work qualifications.
Level 3 Forest School Leader Training
Who is it for?
  • Professionals who want to do Forest School in their workplace who meet the criteria set out below
 To achieve this course you will need to meet the following:
  • Be over 21 years old
  • If working with children a Level 3 childcare/play work qualification and experience of working with young is essential. For teenagers and adults a relevant Level 3 qualification is required or equivalent experience
  • If working with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, have a relevant qualification and experience of these groups
  • Attend for 80% of the lessons over 5 days
  • Attend 2 “Tutorial & Skills” follow up days
  • Teach 6 sessions of 1½ hours with your chosen client group
  • Be assessed practically during a 1½ hour lesson
  • Complete all assessment criteria within 12 months of commencement of course
  • On completion of the course you must provide proof of Current Police Check
  • On completion of the course you must provide proof of a relevant outdoor First Aid Certification ie First Aid at Work (usually a 4 day course) or Outdoor First Aid (usually 16 hrs )
  • You will need to access the relevant client group in order to complete assignments
Where can it lead?
Practising Forest School Leader
How will you study?
  • Attend either 5 consecutive days or one day per week for 5 weeks
  • Complete assignment work in a portfolio of evidence (approximately 50 hrs of study)
  • Be assessed practically doing a Forest School session in your workplace
  • Be assessed practically on the course
How much?
£800 per person plus VAT to include NOCN registration
       17/11/14 to 21/11 /14 inclusive
Skills days 22nd and 23rd January 2015
The Course will be held at :
Clapton Park Childrens Centre
161 Daubeney Rd
E5 0EP
  Ring Chris or Wendi to book your place and complete the application form including your current qualifications