Forest School Assistant Level 2

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for individuals wishing to assist with the delivery of a forest school programme.

Entry Criteria

  • Participants should be over 18 years of age and have experience of working with young people

Course Cost: £475

Course Layout

Four days of training in theory and practice to cover

  • Supporting Learning and Development at Forest School
  • Practical skills for the Forest school Assistant

Training days run from 9.30am – 4.30pm. This is largely an outdoor course

A Level 2 workbook which should be completed within 12 months of the start of the course

As part of the coursework you will need to assist with at least three forest school sessions run by a Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader and independently complete your observations and record of support.

Course content

The Level 2 course will prepare you with the skills to effectively support a Forest School Leader in the delivery of Forest school sessions. We will discuss the Forest school approach to learning and a positive attitude to taking risk.. Practical skills covered will include safe lighting, management and use of a campfire in a Forest School setting, safe use of a range of hand tools and a variety of games and activities. Also covered will be the identification of woodland flora and fauna, and sustainable use of a woodland within the context of Forest schools. The course will be run on Forest School principles, so you will see the Forest School ethos in action.

Will this course lead to an accreditation?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a OCNWMR Level 2 Award in Forest School Programme Support (QCF)

Please note that the Level 2 qualification will not entitle you to lead your own Forest School sessions in local woodlands. If you would like to know more about Level 3 Forest School Leader training courses, please contact us.

What will I need for the course?

Please make sure you bring the following with you each day:

  • Packed lunch, cup and snacks
  • Suitable outdoor clothing for the weather conditions (trousers, not shorts)
  • Stout shoes or boots. Please do not wear sandals.
  • A camera can be useful for recording some of the activities.

We will be provide:

  • Tea coffee and biscuits
  • All required paperwork
  • All tools and equipment for the outdoor tasks

    (N.B. For a variety of reasons we would ask you not to bring your own tools)

Course Dates 2020

  • Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2020: Friston Forest, East Sussex - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 June 2020: Deneway, Brighton - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
  • Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September 2020: Tilgate Park, West Sussex

Optional mentoring days at Woods Mill: 13 March 2020, 24 April 2020, 25 September 2020 and 20 November 2020

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