This course gives you the skills and knowledge required to qualify and become a Forest School Assistant.
You wish to assist a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader in running Forest School programmes. It is suitable for teaching assistants, nursery/pre-school practitioners, youth workers, play workers and outdoor adventure play practitioners and is an ideal start for practitioners in building confidence in Forest School.
Applicants should hold a relevant qualification equivalent to a Level 1 or some experience of working with children/young people, have a current DBS disclosure and be aged 18 and over.
You will complete two units linked to learning outcomes:
- Skills for the Forest School Programme Assistant. This unit will introduce you to sustainable woodland management in the context of learning activities, risk management as well as training in use of fire and tools with client groups.
- Supporting Learning and Development at a Forest School programme. This unit explores the topics of holistic development and learning through play, promoting positive behaviour and also will involve you assisting with planning and delivery of three sessions in a Forest School Programme.
You will have 5 full contact days at college and a year to complete the two units based on learning outcomes practical evidence.
Delivery of the course to consist of both indoor and outdoor activities, practical and theory. Assessment is by observation and a portfolio of evidence.
That you get to undertake a placement (which you will need to organise yourself) where you assist with the planning and delivery of three Forest School sessions.
Employment within the children's workforce in a supporting role or progress to the Level 3 course if seeking greater responsibility.
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.