Our forest school training
The benefits of forest school are becoming more understood and appreciated along with nature’s value in developing resilient, adventurous and confident people who care about their environment. Forest school compliments careers in play therapists, youth workers, support workers, teachers and environmental management. It combines immersion in the outdoors, engagement with crafts and supports us to become risk aware not averse. As you would expect our training grows from providing firm roots in the foundation of forest school principles and ethos, to securing your own practical skills, before learning how to apply them to support social and emotional development of your client group.
The training takes a holistic approach, building a firm foundation of the theory and benefit risk assessment process before applying it to practical skills learning. Exploration and experimentation are encouraged towards the end of the course allowing trainees to experience the learner-centered approach.
The training days are the building blocks of the qualification. In addition, there is further guided learning through a bank of resources specific to each learning outcome. There is an expectation for the trainees to carry out further reading and research to complete their portfolio of evidence.
Including the training days and portfolio completion trainees on average take around 180 hours to complete the qualification.
Beyond the training and choosing the right training
Networking to share skills and support is key beyond the training. We offer biannual skills shares and workshops with guest leaders. We work closely with the national Forest School Association and encourage best practice, collaboration and quality forest school for all.
Please get touch to discuss any additional or special learning needs so the tutor can support you effectively through your forest school qualification.
What others say about our courses:
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, and learnt so much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course – I loved the use of tools and it’s really developed my confidence. I particularly liked your anecodotes and the folklore that you brought into the course.
It has been a great experience and I am so glad I did it with Dorset Forest School. The children are thriving and growing all the time.
Get in touch:
Our key aim here at Dorset Forest School is for all children in Dorset to access Forest School, which is why we are passionate about training others. There are a number of options for how we can take you through training, some of which are subsidised.
You first need to decide which training is most appropriate for you: Please contact Maddy using the link below or complete our contact form to explore your options.