• 1 day
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Early Education and Childcare


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Intro to the course:

The aim of the course is to enable Early Years practitioners to organise, safely set up and facilitate forest kindergarten sessions. These sessions will be regular and routine off-site visits to a local woodland or nearby greenspace for children in their setting.

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Who is the course for?

This course has been put together to specifically meet the needs of early years practitioners who would like to set up a regular routine of off-site visits to a local wood or nearby greenspace for children in their setting. It is becoming increasingly recognised that there are many benefits to allowing children to play freely in local woodlands on a frequent and regular basis. This includes increased physical activity, greater knowledge about nature and in the long term, a stronger likelihood that these children grow up to become adults who understand and demonstrate positive attitudes and actions towards caring for the environment.

What will I study?

This course recognises the value of woodlands as an integral part of the learning process for pre-school children. It has been carefully designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable children in their setting to play in local woods and other greenspace. It is based upon: Practice observed in Scotland and internationally in forest and nature kindergartens . The advice contained in Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning 2010.

Next step course options

This course may provide an ideal stepping stone to other Continuing Professional Development opportunities including forest kindergarten supplementary skills training  in fire, ropes and tools as well as forest school leader training and postgraduate degree courses which look at different aspects of learning outside and the need for children to have contact with nature.

How will I be assessed?

Written assessment and questioning.

Why should I choose this course?

This course is ideal for childcare practitioners wishing to learn and be more confident in an outdoor setting.

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Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for part time:

This course costs £2520.

Find out more about Individual Training Accounts (ITA): https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-training-accounts-ita

Find out more about Part-Time Fee Grants (PFGs): https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time

Fees and finances for short full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Full time course: 2 day course
Part time course: Part time

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Study mode Part-Time Day Start date 16/09/2024 Duration 1 day
Study mode Full-Time Start date 16/09/2024 Duration 1 year
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