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Forest School Australia

Introduction to International Forest School


Wildspace, risk and trust – how exciting! In this session we will explore nature-based education for children aged 2 to 11 years. This course will introduce the Forest School approach, contextualise it within a broader Nature Pedagogy framework, and address practical issues linked to educating young children outdoors on a weekly basis in the Australian outdoor context.




To explore the origins, ethos and approach of Forest/Bush schools
To identify the benefits and learning opportunities offered by nature
To introduce some practical bush craft skills and knowledge
To introduce Talking and Thinking Floorbooks as a strategy for documentation, planning and meeting curriculum requirements.


Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria


Apply aspects of Forest/Bush School practice to your setting
Create Benefit Risk Assessments to allow children opportunities to learn in a risk rich environment
Progress your skills in bush craft techniques (e.g. knots, tool working, fire)


If you are interested in Forest School but would like to know more about the approach you can join us on our new Introduction to International Forest School course.


Dates and Locations
Sydney - 16th March 2018 9.00am - 3.30pm
Melbourne - 13th April 2018 9.00am - 3.30pm
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Forest School Level 3


In response to numerous requests, Mindstretchers is excited to be able to offer the chance to gain a qualification in forest school style programming in Australia in 2018. Join Kate Hookham, from Mindstretchers, and a team of Australian trainers to complete a leadership qualification in Forest School designed for Australian culture and practice.


The leadership award at level 3 provides you with the policies, procedures, knowledge and some skills to set up an effective Forest School or Bush School Programme. Our international course includes a cultural module that is not assessed.



What the course involves


Claire Warden and Australian colleagues have adapted the UK course to fully embrace the Australian context. This international qualification has a comprehensive assessment through a portfolio that demonstrates practical skills, knowledge of theorists, sustainability, inclusionary practices and risk management. You will also create a handbook of materials to support staff.


5 days training per person
Completion and submission of a portfolio to achieve your qualification.


The course includes
Your registration with the awarding body
5 days of face to face training
Learning materials
Local support from Australian trainers and online support from Kate


Minimum age 19 years and experience in outdoor education, youth work or education advised.
Must have an up to date Outdoor Paediatric First Aid certificate (or any equivalent course) by the end of the course


Portfolio Submission
You will have one year to complete your submission


Melbourne 9th May 2018 to 13th May 2018 (inclusive)



Coast 16th May 2018 to 20th May 2018 (inclusive)
Canberra 23rd May 2018 to 27th May 2018 (inclusive)
Sydney November dates TBC


REGISTER your interest HERE


Early Bird Price: $1995 excl. GST (ends March 9th 2018)


We have a qualified team of forest school trainers from across Australia and the wider world ready to help you on your journey to becoming a Forest School Leader or Practitioner. Join Kate and Claire Warden associate trainers Carly, Natasha and Anthony on your forest school journey.


Our Course Trainers

Kate Hookham, Scotland UK

Carly Garner, Brisbane AUS

Natasha Livock,  NSW AUS

Anthony Morris, Melbourne AUS


Mindstretchers believes in equal opportunities and supports candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques; video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks®. All candidates are introduced to the approach created by Claire Warden entitled Talking and Thinking Floorbooks® and Talking Tubs™, which support key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum, and support the transfer of information and methodology back to the school."

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