Please note all the necessary Covid-19 guidance will be adhered to, and spaces are limited  to ensure everyone is safe.  The training will take place outside in The Foundry grounds as much as possible depending on the weather.

Silver Fox Training has been delivering accredited First Aid training courses, through the awarding organisation, ITC First for over 20 years. It has been working with, and supporting Forest School providers for 18 years.
The director, Andy Forsyth has a background in outdoor education and is a Forest School practitioner.

Course details:

Most First Aid courses are designed to give individuals the skills to deal with an incident in an urban setting, i.e. the home or workplace. The assumption is that professional help is a phone call away.  Forest School providers want a First Aid course which is more relevant to their needs. The context is an outdoors setting and professional help is not necessarily immediately to hand.

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.  

 Course Content: 

Module 1Emergency First Aid’  8 hours

This ITC course is a lifesaver course giving participants basic lifesaving emergency techniques. All elements deal with adult and child protocols and are supported by a 1st aid manual. The highlighted sections in italics are the additional elements to cover the Paediatric infant assessment criteria.

Module 1 takes place predominately indoors and candidates are continually assessed on competency.

 Core Contents

  • Vital Signs
  • Dealing with incidents safely and with a systematic approach to incident management
  • Primary and Secondary survey Adult/Child (+ infant)
  • Collapse - causes (including seizures).

           Treatment for collapse - Safe Airway Positions Adult/child (+ infant) and justification.

  • Monitoring Vital Signs
  • Treatments for unconscious casualties and not breathing effectively.

           CPR Resuscitation procedures.  - Adult + AED.  Child + AED (+ infant CPR)

  • Choking Adult/Child (+infant) - conscious/unconscious)
  • External and Internal bleeding. (Minor and major wounds)
  • First aid kit use - Dressing and Bandaging
  • Shock, (signs/symptoms and treatment)
  • Conscious and Unconscious bleeding incidents
  • Minor Injuries - Small cuts, Grazes, Bumps and bruises, small splinters, nose bleeds

Module 2  ‘Managing Illness, Injuries and Emergencies’  8 hours

The second day builds on the ‘Emergency First Aid’ content and then continues to cover the needs of the Forest School Practitioner award in an outdoor setting. Candidates are continually assessed on competency.

 Core Contents:

  • Module 1 - ‘Emergency First Aid’ content (as above) +
  • Module 2 - Managing Illness, Injuries and Emergencies


  • Soft and Hard tissue injuries (fractures and sprains). Limb support. Green stick fractures
  • Head injuries - Concussion and Compression
  • Eye injuries
  • Spinal injuries and spinal management
  • Recognising and giving first aid for common medical emergencies and illnesses - adult/child (+ infant) including, diabetic emergency, asthma attack, allergic reaction, meningitis, febrile convulsions, chest pain, stroke.
  • Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning including bites, ticks and stings.
  • Anaphylaxis

 Specific outdoor elements will cover:                                                                                                                         Outdoor incident management scenarios

         Remote improvised techniques (insulation and protection) 

         Emergency action plans, safety sacs/equipment and evacuation


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Forest School First Aid only 18/19th Mar23

Decrease Increase £170.00

Forest School First Aid with Paediatric 18/19th Mar23

Decrease Increase £185.00