Training

Choose from an exciting range of outdoor Forest School and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses. We run a variety of courses which can be held at one of our parks or in your own setting.

About the course

This one day course will give you an insight into what Forest School is, and the importance of outdoor experiences for learning. This day will cover the theories behind and the basics of forest school and provide the opportunity to take part in some simple, tried and tested Forest School activities.

This course is suitable for those with no experience of Forest School wishing to learn more.

Please note lunch is not provided for this course. Please bring your own lunch or we have a lovely cafe at the park.

Delegates will not have to pay for parking, please inform us of your registration on arrival.

Age range

  • Foundation
  • Key Stages 1 and 2

Time

This is a full day course

About the course

Kent Country Parks is delighted to be offering an OCN accredited Forest School Award at Level 1. The course includes 20 hours of learning, 10 hours on-site delivery and 10 hours portfolio completion.

Please note lunch is not provided for this course. Please bring your own lunch or we have a lovely cafe at the park.

Training objectives

  • unit 1 - Forest School Skills
  • understand the need for ice breaker tasks
  • demonstrate basic Forest School activities
  • be able to light and tend a fire safely
  • unit 2 Health and Safety
  • understand the health and safety risks a Forest  School presents
  • be able to identify policies used in Forest School

Age range

  • Foundation
  • Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 14 - 19/24 years

Time

This is a two day course.

About the course

This OCNWMR course and will be delivered over a 9-12 month period and comprises of:

  • 180 hours of learning time
  • carrying a total of 18 credits at level 3

units covered:

  • Practical Skills for a Forest School Programme
  • Forest School Programmes and a Woodland Environment
  • Learning and Development at a Forest School Programme
  • Planning a Forest School Programme

Please note lunch is not provided for this course. Please bring your own lunch or we have a lovely cafe at the park.

Training objectives

The training course is designed for practitioners who already have experience of working with children, young people and/or adult groups and wish to establish and deliver Forest School programmes. The Level 3 qualification is the leadership level and therefore practitioners should be aware of the level of responsibility this will entail as a Forest School leader.

Age range

  • Foundation
  • Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 14 - 19/24 years

Time

This includes 9 training days.

CPD courses

About the course

This half day course will give you some exciting, practical and innovative outdoor literacy ideas to engage all abilities and learning styles. It focuses on how to use the natural environment to improve language and communication skills of all learners at Key Stage 1 and 2.

Much of the course will take place outside, and you will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Age range

  • Key stage 1 and 2

Time

This is a half day course

About the course

This half day course will give you endless opportunities to explore numeracy in the natural environment. Fun, exciting ideas to inspire and engage all abilities and learning styles. You will learn how to use the natural environment as an innovative and inspiring tool for teaching mathematics (key stage 1 and 2).

Much of the course will take place outside, and you will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Age range

  • Key stage 1 and 2

Time

This is a half day course

About the course

Literacy - this course will give you some exciting, practical and innovative outdoor literacy ideas to engage all abilities and learning styles. It focuses on how to use the natural environment to improve language and communication skills of all learners.

Numeracy - this course will give you endless opportunities to explore numeracy in the natural environment. Fun, exciting ideas to inspire and engage all abilities and learning styles. You will learn how to use the natural environment as an innovative and inspiring tool for teaching mathematics.

Much of the course will take place outside, and you will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Lunch is not provided.

Age range

  • Key stage 1 and 2

Time

This is a full day course.

About the course

This fun packed course will explore how the natural environment can be used to stimulate the senses of Early Years children. Lots of practical activities, games and songs will be demonstrated and discussed the opportunity to make some simple equipment will be provided. The course will look at how the environment can be used as a tool to develop and extend children's patterns of learning. It will also provide ideas and advice on how small sensory gardens can be created and managed.

Much of the course will take place outside, and you will need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Lunch is not provided, please bring your own or we have a lovely cafe on site. Tea and coffee provided.

Training objectives

  • understand how the natural environment can be used as a tool to develop the senses of Early Years children
  • develop a rudimentary understanding of schemas and learning styles and consider how the natural environment can be used to extend these.
  • learn how to set-up, implement and facilitate a number of sensory activities and games for Early Years children.
  • learn how to establish a sensory area/garden using simple and inexpensive resources.

Age range

  • Foundation

Time

This is a half day course

Book a course

To find out more and to book a course visit The Education People's website. If you are unable to find or book a course, please email kentcountryparkslearning@kent.gov.uk.

Team building

Bond with your team on a woodland adventure team building day at Shorne Woods or Lullingstone Country Park.