Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire

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Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve

Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve


SO31 7AY

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Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group.

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This LASER Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders (RQF) is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Days: Weds 6th,13th, 20th May, Tue 9th and Wed 10th Jun 2020 (9.30 to 4.30pm)

3 Portfolio Days: Wed 8th Jul 2020 , Sat 19th Sep 2020 and Wed 20th Jan 2021 (9.30 to 4:30pm)

2 Skills Days: Sat 17th Oct (8.30 to 5.00pm) and Sat 24th Oct 2020 (8:30 to 5:00pm)

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

For initial queries on Forest School training, please read through our pre-booking information.

This course will take place at Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve situated between Southampton and Fareham in Hampshire.

To achieve the Level 3 certificate you will need to complete all of the following:

Five days of training in theory and practice to cover:

  • Planning a Forest School programme
  • Learning and development at a Forest School programme
  • Practical skills for a Forest School programme
  • Forest School programmes and the woodland environment
  • Delivery of a Forest School programme

* 2 skills days to develop and assess practical skills and to discuss progress.

* 3 portfolio days to assist you with course work and support you while developing your Forest School sessions.

* Assessment of delivery at one of 6 Forest School sessions to be planned and delivered by you.

* A coursework portfolio which should be completed within 12 months of the start of the course.

All our Forest School Level 3 trainees on this course will be eligible for 12 months discounted membership of the Forest School Association, the professional body for Forest School practitioners.

Before booking, please ensure you read the Course Booking - Terms and conditions

Entry Criteria

Participants should be over 21 and hold a qualification at Level 2 or above in teaching, pre-school education, youth work, or as a countryside ranger, and have significant experience of working with young people.

All participants must hold a First Aid certificate by the end of the course. This can be the 16-hour Outdoor First Aid certificate. N.B. If you work with under 5’s, the EYFS guidelines require you to also hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

Please be aware that support for planning and delivering Forest School sessions and time to put together the portfolio are particularly important with this training. We recommend any supporter/ line manager reads the pre-booking information before you complete the booking and application process.

You will be contacted by one of the Course Tutors and your course fee will be fully refunded should you not meet the course entry criteria. Please read our pre-booking information for further details.


Dawn Preston – Education Officer

Dawn O’Malley – Training and Outreach Officer

Course Reviews

Sarah, Boscombe

Doing my Forest School Level 3 with Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust was fantastic. The training was delivered in such a magical location with trainers who were really knowledgeable and experienced but more importantly, friendly, approachable and so passionate about Forest School. I left with a spring in my step, wood smoke in my hair, loads of new ideas and an eagerness and confidence to begin delivering Forest School myself.

Steve, Penn

The instructors were absolutely fantastic both in terms of their knowledge and skills as well as in their delivery style.

Daniel, Gosport

We had a chance to apply skills, develop and then re-apply them in a managed and supportive environment over consecutive days. The course, in parts, exceeded my expectations.

Carine, Basingstoke

Thank you for an *amazing* experience and all your hard but seamless work in providing the course.

Victoria, Christchurch

I just wanted to say a huge thankful for a wonderful weekend last weekend and, a really great training course. I had no idea I would learn as much as I have, let alone run sessions successfully. One day, even if I can only be a fraction as good as you both as practitioners that would be amazing.

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