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)
In response to numerous requests, Mindstretchers is excited to be able to offer the chance to gain a qualification/certification in forest school style programming in Australia. Join us to complete a leader qualification/certification in Forest School with additional for Australian culture and practice. This internationally recognised course will make you a certified Forest School Leader, able to work in practices across the globe. This makes the course ideal for any educator looking to bring excellent outdoor practice into their work.
The Leader 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
Australian colleagues have worked with indigenous communities to adapt the UK course to fully embrace the Australian context. As an externally accredited qualification, there is a comprehensive assessment through a portfolio that demonstrates practical skills, knowledge of theorists, sustainability, inclusionary practices and risk management. You will create your portfolio by implementing Forest School practice into your own setting, and then presenting evidence to be marked by our trainers. You must pass this assessment to achieve your ITC Level 3 Award Forest School Leader qualification.
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
Local support from Australian trainers
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 time you submit your portfolio
You will have one year to complete your submission
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. Join Kate and Claire Warden associate trainers Carly, Natasha and Anthony on your forest school journey.
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."