Green Light Trust have successfully provided Forest School training for many years and in that time has trained thousands of tutors. Green Light Trust also provide support to children, young people and adults who are marginalised and facing challenge in their lives, you can check these pathways out in other sections of our website. As a charity, we have decided to focus our efforts within this area and will no longer be running Forest School training. 

If you are a learner with us already you will receive information in relation to this change. 

If you are looking for any future courses then these are now being delivered by Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

More information and to book on this training please follow this link - Forest School | Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Course dates:

Monday 16th - Friday 20th October 2023
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November
Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2024

16 hour Forest School First Aid with optional Paediatric certificate:
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February 2024

Who is it for?

The Level 3 qualification is designed for practitioners who have experience working with children/young people or adult groups and who wish to plan, coordinate and deliver forest school programmes. People come from a range of backgrounds into forest school; environmental, scouting, teaching, rangers, early year’s practitioners, ecologists, child minders, artists etc.

The coursework will take at least 12 -18 months to complete.

This FULL Level 3 qualification is equivalent to an A-Level and you should be prepared to commit to a large amount of self-study and intense experience.

Approximately one-third of the course consists of contact time with other students and the Tutors - around 96 hours of Guided learning. The remaining hours are for students to undertake self-directed and independent study - approximately 84 hours of home study.

Entry requirements:

  • to be at least 19 (NB you are required to be 21 in order to practice but as the course takes 12-18 months to complete you can start training at 19)
  • to have at least 2 years’ experience working with groups in a leadership capacity and /or a recognised qualification to level 2 at least in teaching, childcare, play work, youth work or support work

Before you run your programme you will need:

  • Access to site with permission to run Forest School.
  • Outdoor First Aid training.
  • Safeguarding checks: DBS.
  • Access to a group of children, young people or adults to work with.
  • If you have little experience of Forest School then we highly recommend volunteering at a local Forest School setting - either at a school, nursery or local Outdoor Forest School setting.  Also we advise beginning the process of looking for a placement to run your 6 pilot sessions.  If you attend the Spring training for example, then you should be aiming to run your pilot sessions in the Autumn term.

Breakdown of training programme:

AIM formally Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate carries 18 credits at Level 3 delivered over 12 months. Level 3 is equivalent to an A level, 18 credits is 180 hours of learning time. Approximately 96 hours are guided learning hours and the rest is self-directed learning.

The course content covers 5 Units:

Unit 1: Learning and development at a Forest School programme - Essays will be required on child development, learning and behaviour as well as forest school ethos

Unit 2: Practical skills for a forest school programme -A whole range of practical sessions on fire, tools, rope and woodland ecology

Unit 3: Forest School programmes and the woodland environment - Includes producing a 3 year management plan and an Environmental impact assessment plan

Unit 4: Planning and preparation for a Forest School programme - Create a Forest School handbook

Once all of the above elements are completed you will be plan a Forest School programme and run 6 sessions which will have to be documented in detail.  A member of the Tutor team will attend one of these 6 sessions to assess your practice and delivery.

Unit 5: Forest School delivery case study - Final piece of work

On successful completion of the coursework, students should receive certification and be qualified as a Forest School Practitioner within 12-18 months of starting the course. All our courses are accredited by AIM formally Open College Network West Midlands and Suffolk Wildlife Trust is a Recognised Centre.

Your hand in dates for each workbook will be staggered across the year.

Forest School First Aid with optional Paediatric certification:

The Forest School First Aid course is based on the 16 hrs Outdoor First Aid course. However, it is contextualised to the Forest School setting. It covers children (1 – pre-puberty) and adults and validates Forest School Leaders and outdoor qualifications.
As Forest School predominately takes place with children in early years settings or primary education, a Paediatric First Aid qualification can be added to the course. Many of the assessment criteria are included in both qualifications. However, to meet Ofsted requirements the assessment criteria for infants (0 – 12 months) must be included, to be able to award a Paediatric First Aid certificate in addition.
• The outdoor elements cover the requirements of the IOL’s ‘Guidance of Outdoor First Aid’ and some insurance companies.
• The Paediatric elements meet Ofsted requirements and uses the criteria found in Appendix 1 of the EYFS practice guidance document.
Learners can therefore register solely for the 16 hrs Forest School First Aid course or if required, by completing the additional Paediatric assessment criteria amalgamated into the course, can also gain a Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Venue: Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Bradfield Woods, Felsham Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 0AQ.

How to prepare:

Acquire an understanding of the Forest School ethos. You could visit an existing Forest School setting in your locality and/or check out the Forest School Association 


Full Price including Paediatric First Aid - £1379.00

Full Price including Forest School First Aid - £1359.00

Full Price  WITHOUT First Aid - £1199.00

or a DEPOSIT ticket of £100 (with or without First Aid), and we will invoice you separately for the balance depending on whether or not you require the First Aid certificate

There is still availability on this course, bookings to be made via Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
The event is only sold out on the Green Light Trust website.


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