Forest School Training

2017 DATES:
Part one: March 6th - 9th 2017
Part two: April 24th - 26th 2017
Part three: May 15th - 16th 2017

Location: Picketts Wood, Picketts Lane, Nutley, TN22 3EG.

2018 DATES:
Part one: March 5th - 8th 2018
Part two: April 23rd - 25th 2018
Part three: May 14th - 15th  2018


Welcome to our Forest School Level 3 Programme Training.  Approved by the Forest School Association and awarded by the Open College Network West Midlands, this Level 3 Certificate provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare learners for employment as a Forest School Leader.

The training will combine key principles of Forest School with best practice from Environment and Nature Education, child development, the world of play (wild, free and therapeutic play) delivered by our professional team who have many years experience.

Download our FAQ's about this training.

The course will include:

An OCN accreditation training carries a total of 18 credits at Level 3 and consists of 5 units:

  • Learning and Development of a Forest School Programme (6 credits)
  • Planning a Forest School Programme (3 credits)
  • Practical Skills for a Forest School Programme (3 credits)
  • Delivery of a Forest School Programme (3 credits)
  • Forest School Programme and the Woodland Environment (3 credits)

Who is the training designed for?

This Level 3 Training is designed for professionals already working with young people who wish to establish and deliver a Forest School/Environmental Education programme.

It is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant Level 2 or above qualifications (teachers, youth workers, playworkers, rangers, ecologists or teaching assistants with significant experience of working with young people or adults (at least two years).

Are there any other course requirements?

Assessment will combine written work, use of practice file, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and group discussion. This training requires a significant level of paper work e.g short written assignments, risk assessments and health and safety policies. If you have any concerns in this area please let us know in advance.

First Aid

Participants should also have access to a group with whom they will run a six-week Forest School Programme. All participants must be DBS checked and hold a first aid certificate by the end of the Training. This can be a 16-hour ITC outdoor first aid certificate or equivalent. A tailored two-day First Aid in the Outdoors, delivered and certified by a provider registered with the HSE, is also acceptable. We can provide this during the training (at an additional cost of £120). For more details about our 16 hour Forest School ITC First Aid course please: Click Here

Why us?

Circle of Life Rediscovery has over 25 years experience in training professionals and inspiring thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds into the outdoors in both the UK and in Ireland.  We are a leading organisation in nature connection and personal development and have been the recipient of many grants and awards for our work with groups across different ages and backgrounds.

In Ireland, our staff team offers Forest School Programme Leadership Level 3 Training hosted by Earth Force Education.  Please click here for more information the upcoming Forest School Training in Ireland.


Facilitators: Our trainings are led by experienced and passionate staff with many years of teaching experience. Our trainers include Circle of Life Rediscovery Director, Marina Robb, Mark Lloyd and Anna Richardson. Marina and Anna have co-authored the popular, 'Learning with Nature: A how to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities'.

Where: Picketts Wood & Mill Woods, East Sussex. A map and full details including what to bring, workbooks and units, will be sent to you upon booking.

Cost: The total cost of the training is £890.00.

Payment notes: A non-refundable deposit of £100 (payable to Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC) is required to secure your place, along with your booking form. The remaining fee of £790 is payable 60 days prior to the initial training week. If you are including First Aid Training, we can add this to your balance. Please see below for payment options:

Please make cheques payable to 'Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC'
BACS payments to Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC
Lloyds TSB Sort code: 30–95–01 Account no: 03565091

If you wish to book, please complete the forms below.

1. Click here to download Forest School (QCF) Booking Form

2. Click here to download Photo Permission Form


For more information and to book please email:
01273 814226 / 07966 514469

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2016 Participants:
“I loved how all the participants were bought together through activities, games and music and how I have noticed nature at a different level. There was an excellent combination of outdoor and classroom lessons.”
“I loved everything about this training, from the skills learned, enthusiasm of the trainers and have learnt so much about nature. Thank you for an AMAZING time with a lovely team.”
"This is by far the best training I have done from any provider!"
"The passion of the course leaders has really inspired me."
"I had time to reflect, which I found very moving."
"I feel my stress levels have been reduced and you have made me re-evaluate my life. Plus, I have laughed so much! This has been the best week of my life."
“If it benefits me, and my mind and sense of self, imagine what it can do for children. It’s like no training I’ve ever experienced before."
“As well as the training side, this has been a personal journey and helped me to rediscover and reconnect as well as great for my mind and mental health.”
“A great balance of theory and practical skills. Just truly an amazing experience, I feel confident to now deliver sessions.”

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