Qualifications

In 2018, our Steering Group asked for qualifications providers to express an interest in working in partnership to deliver qualifications in the Cambridgeshire. After a robust selection process huathe were invited to be our preferred provider.

Carol Middleton and Elizabeth Swift, huathe trainers, are both Endorsed Forest School Association Trainers, have qualified teacher status and have been university lecturers.

The partnership has developed a unique model of qualifications training which is ideal for those working in schools and/or settings that may wish to complete different levels of qualifications but still train with their immediate colleagues. This will ensure that everybody receives the same messages and work towards a consistent understanding of the Forest School ethos.

Level 3 is the most popular course as it equips you to run Forest School. Forest School leaders take this course and learn the practical skills, theoretical and nature knowledge and all of the necessary paperwork for Forest School to be successful. Students are teachers, Early Years Practitioners, Teaching and Learning Assistants, Headteachers and sometimes Wildlife Experts or Rangers. The course takes around 9 months to complete including 9 days of training; a personal visit from one of the trainers and your own study. You can begin your Forest School journey at this level. You need to be over 21, with at least 2 years of experience of working with children and a Level 2 certificate or above in child care or teaching.

*Please note: that all Level 3 practitioners need to have a full Outdoor Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Level 2 is the course for people who want to help at Forest School, but not be the Forest School leader. It is great for committed staff, volunteers and sometimes parents who are interested and is a good grounding in Forest School. It includes 5 days of training and some course work where students assist at a Forest School. Level 2 students are able to ‘top up’ to Level 3 with us – you do not need Level 2 to begin Level 3.

Level 1 is an introduction to Forest School and suitable for people who wish to know more about Forest School, but who don’t want to lead Forest School groups. It includes 3 days of training and includes observations of other Forest School sessions. Level 1 students are able to ‘top up’ to Levels 2 and 3 – you do not need to begin your journey here if you know you would like to be a Forest School Assistant or leader.

The video clip gives an insight of what learning with us is like:

Forest School Qualifications Training 2020-21 courses and dates are below.

Course

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

Level 1

16 September 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£250

24 - 25 September 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

7 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

Level 2

16 September 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£460

24 - 25 September 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

7 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

Level 3

16 September 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£920 / £950*

24 - 27 September 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

14 October 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 8 pm

16 - 18 October 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

  7 - 8 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

First Aid for Level 3 students

14 - 15 November 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

tbc

£110

Course

Date

Venue

Times

Cost

Level 1

19 October 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£250

 

27 - 28 October 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 
 

14 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 

Level 2

19 October 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£460

27 - 30 October 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 

14 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 

Level 3

19 October 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 9 pm

£920 / £950*

27 - 30 October 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 

2 November 2020

Virtual zoom session

7 pm – 8 pm

 

13 - 15 Novemberr 2020

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 
  14 - 15 May 2021

Somersham Local Nature Reserve. Huntingdon PE28 3JD

8.45 am – 4.30 pm

 

Course

Date

Cost

Level 1 25 - 26 February 2021 £250
  11 September 2021  
Level 2 15 - 18 April 2021 £460
 

11 September 2021

 
Level 3

15 - 18 April 2021

£920 / £950*
 

7 - 9 May 2021

 
 

10 - 11 September 2021

 

First Aid for Level 3 students

12 June 2021

£110

Course

Date

Cost

Level 1 20 - 21 May 2021 £250
  26 November 2021  
Level 2 20 - 23 May 2021 £460
 

26 November 2021

 
Level 3

20 - 23 May 2021

£920
 

2 - 4 June 2021

 
 

26 - 27 November 2021

 

First Aid for Level 3 students

13 June 2021

£110

Course

Date

Cost

Level 1

23 - 24 September 2021

£250

1 April 2022

Level 2

23 - 26 September 2021

£460

1 April 2022

Level 3

23 - 26 September 2021

£920 / £950*

30 September 2021

1 - 2 October 2021

  1 - 2 April 2022

First Aid for Level 3 students

tbc

£110

*out of county cost.