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Forest School Practitioner Training courses, outdoor workshops, creativity courses and more from Kindling Play and Training

Kindling delivers QCF accredited Forest Schools Practitioner Training at OCN (Open Awards) Level 1 through to Level 3. These training courses can be delivered in house for up to 16 participants. All courses are facilitated by Lily Horseman, an experienced and creative trainer and Forest School practitioner. Lily has held a Level 4 Forest School Trainers award since 2009, is a director of the Forest School Association and a member of the Forest School Trainers Network. For more information or to ask questions call Lily on 07789 723 061.

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Sep
22
Fri
2017
Play in the Outdoors— facilitating and observing play in the outdoors @ Bishopswood Centre
Sep 22 @ 09:30 – 16:30
Play in the Outdoors— facilitating and observing play in the outdoors @ Bishopswood Centre | Crossway Green | England | United Kingdom

Experiential course with Jon Cree and Lily Horseman. Starting at 9.30 and finishing at 4.30
How does the outdoors support ‘the ecological and spiritual imagination of the mind’ of the child will be a key question explored on this workshop. We will also be looking at all the other developmental areas humans experience during play.
Outdoor play and ‘games’ will be shared to explore the many possibilities the natural world and outdoor elements offer for meaningful play – from the creative to the rough and tumble.
We will be exploring the ‘play framework’ and how we, as practitioners, spot cues from learners to interact with their play without destroying the ‘play’ and the ‘drive’ to play. We will also be examining when a ‘player’ enters a state of flow when the learning becomes integral to the human.
The day will look in detail at what practitioners can deduce from play. Are our observations and evaluations telling us what is really ‘going
on’ for the learner and how do we check they are truthful. This can then inform our inter- ventions and non-interventions as co-players.
How do we re-discover the world and mind of the child? – one of the many questions asked and explored on this workshop.

Spaces are limited. Email mail@kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk to book or complete the attached booking form here

Sep
27
Wed
2017
Working with young people with challenging behaviour in the outdoors @ Rookhow, Grizedale, Cumbria*
Sep 27 @ 09:30 – Sep 29 @ 13:00
Working with young people with challenging behaviour in the outdoors @ Rookhow, Grizedale, Cumbria*

27th-29th September finishing at lunchtime on the 3rd day.

Download a booking form for this course.

This is a 3 day OCNWMR accredited course worth 3 credits. Delivered in partnership with Jon Cree.

We will delve into: what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors; theory on challenging behaviour, up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for behaviour that challenges us, ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios; de-escalation and formulating/reviewing your own policies, including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards in a community based approach. We will look at how to develop our own empathetic responses to children and young people and how to react to their needs.

As this is an OCN Level 3 course worth 3 credits it will require participants to reflect on their own practice and write up a workbook after the course which we estimate would take approx 8 hours work. It is suitable for people who have trained as Forest School practitioners or who work in the outdoors.

“this course has really helped me re-appraise the way I work with some of our students and has actually given me new strategies for working with challenges that have worked!” ~ participant from February 2011 course

*This venue has basic accommodation on site which is included in the price. Other local accommodation is available.

Oct
2
Mon
2017
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Rookhow, Grizedale, Cumbria*
Oct 2 – Oct 6 all-day
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Rookhow, Grizedale, Cumbria*

This Forest School training course also includes a second week of training May 2018

NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF)

This course is an opportunity to explore to a higher level different approaches to using the outdoor environment in a Forest School setting and is for those who and wish to coordinate, manage and lead Forest School Sessions with children, young people or adults.

Download Forest School Booking Form Level 3

You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

The course content of this qualification is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of

  • Holistic development
  • Neuro-science
  • Theories of Learning and Development
  • Woodland conservation, history and management
  • Wellbeing and nature connection
  • Risk benefit assessments

Course Duration

  • Initial training week – consisting of 5 days of training
  • Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (For about 7 months)
  • First Aid – Candidates complete a 2 day ITC outdoor paediatric first aid course at own cost
  • Second week – Consisting of further training and benchmarking

Download the Forest School Practitioner Training Level 3 Flyer

Participants on this course will need to complete a paediatric outdoor First Aid 2 day course before completing their Forest School training. (First Aid not included in price).

*This venue has basic accommodation on site which costs approx £16 per night. Details of how to book accommodation will be sent with confirmation of course booking.

Oct
13
Fri
2017
Re:Kindling- CPD for Forest School Practitioners @ Rookhow Centre, Grizedale, Cumbria
Oct 13 @ 15:00 – Oct 15 @ 13:00
Re:Kindling- CPD for Forest School Practitioners @ Rookhow Centre, Grizedale, Cumbria | Rusland | United Kingdom

This is an invitation to reconnect with the enthusiasm that you found during the process of training to be a Forest School practitioner.

The weekend will be hosted by Lily Horseman, an experienced facilitator and Forest School trainer. Having walked alongside many people during the training process she recognises the value of asking questions and the support of a community of learning. This weekend will be all about that. Reconnecting and connecting with people who are walking the same path to support your continuing growth as a Forest School practitioner.

The content will be guided by the questions that you all bring which will be explored in a hands on way. There will be games and crafts, time to connect with nature, exploration of theories, time to play.  and of course, there will be cooking and eating around the fire. All the good stuff that gets the juices flowing.

The cost covers accommodation in the bunk barn dorms or camping on the site with full use of the facilities, kitchen, shower room, sitting room etc and basic vegetarian ingredients for main meals, the resources and tools.

We are also asking for people to consider a donation for our time and energy that represents the worth to you as a practitioner.

Spaces are limited. Email mail@kindlingplayandtraining.co.uk to book or complete the attached booking form here

Oct
18
Wed
2017
Level 1 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Offshoots Garden, Towneley Park, Burnley
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day
Level 1 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Offshoots Garden, Towneley Park, Burnley | England | United Kingdom

NOCN Forest School Level 1 Training

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no experience of working in the outdoors, and aims to build knowledge and confidence in the Forest School ethos and principles. .

Download Forest School Booking Form Level 1

Kindling will introduce basic woodland skills, and individuals will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the flora and fauna in a woodland area. The course will allow participants to look at using the outdoor environment to facilitate different learning styles and to encourage the development of personal skills such as confidence and self-esteem.

Participants will learn how the outdoors can be used to encourage all areas of development, understand factors that affect children’s behaviour and strategies for the outdoor environment. We will also look at how the outdoor environment encourages independence, self-reliance and self-esteem and promotes healthy, balanced social and emotional growth.

Course Duration: 3 days

Portfolio Completion will take place during the course and be handed in on the last day.

This course is ideal for those people who are wanting to gain skills for working outdoors with children and young people, those who want to explore how Forest Schools could work within their own setting or those who wish to support a trained Forest Schools practitioner.

Download the Forest School Practitioner Training Level 1 Flyer

 

Funding for subsidies for practitioners in the South Pennines comes from Heritage Lottery Fund and Newground Together administered by Pennine Prospects.

Nov
6
Mon
2017
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds
Nov 6 – Nov 10 all-day
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training @ Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds  | Leeds | United Kingdom

This Forest School training course also includes a further week of training week 4th -8th June 2018

NOCN Forest School Level 3 Training

This course is an opportunity to explore to a higher level different approaches to using the outdoor environment in a Forest School setting and is for those who and wish to coordinate, manage and lead Forest School Sessions with children, young people or adults.

Download Forest School Booking Form Level 3

You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

The course content of this qualification is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of

Child development
Personal development
Neuro-science
Nature Connection
Creativity and crafts
Woodland conservation and management
Innovative and therapeutic theory in the outdoors
Risk assessments to enable safe outdoor play and education
Course Duration Initial training – consisting of 5 days of training
Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (For about 7 months)
First Aid – Candidates complete a 2 day ITC first aid course
Development Training – Consisting of 5 days of including benchmarking and feedback

Download the Forest School Practitioner Training Level 3 Flyer

Participants on this course will need to complete a paediatric outdoor First Aid 2 day course before completing the second part of their Forest School training. (First Aid not included in price).

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training – Modular @ Scotswood Natural Community Garden
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training - Modular @ Scotswood Natural Community Garden  | England | United Kingdom

Modular Forest School Training sessions – Participants will attend all of: 13th and 14th November, 20th and 21st November 2017, 26th and 27th Feb, 11th and 12th of June and 18th and 19th of June 2018

NOCN Forest School Level 3 Training

This course is an opportunity to explore to a higher level different approaches to using the outdoor environment in a Forest School setting and is for those who and wish to coordinate, manage and lead Forest School Sessions with children, young people or adults.

Course leaders will be Lily Horseman of Kindling and Harriet Menter of Scotswood Natural Community Garden.

Download Forest School Booking Form Level 3

You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

The course content of this qualification is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of

  • Child development
  • Personal development
  • Neuro-science
  • Nature Connection
  • Creativity and crafts
  • Woodland conservation and management
  • Innovative and therapeutic theory in the outdoors
  • Risk assessments to enable safe outdoor play and education

Course Duration

  • Initial training – consisting of 4 days of training
  • Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (For about 4 months)
  • 2 days training and planning
  • 3 more months of work on portfolios
  • First Aid – Candidates complete a 2 day ITC first aid course
  • Development Training – Consisting of 4 days of including assessment

Download the Forest School Practitioner Training Level 3 Flyer

Participants on this course will need to complete a paediatric outdoor First Aid 2 day course before completing their Forest School training. (First Aid not included in price).

May
3
Thu
2018
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training – Modular @ Scotswood Natural Community Garden
May 3 – May 4 all-day
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Training - Modular @ Scotswood Natural Community Garden  | England | United Kingdom

Modular Forest School Training sessions – Participants will attend all of: 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th  May 2018, 4th and 5th Oct 2018, 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th Feb 2019

NOCN Forest School Level 3 Training

This course is an opportunity to explore to a higher level different approaches to using the outdoor environment in a Forest School setting and is for those who and wish to coordinate, manage and lead Forest School Sessions with children, young people or adults.

Course leaders will be Lily Horseman of Kindling and Harriet Menter of Scotswood Natural Community Garden.

Download Forest School Booking Form Level 3

You will investigate how best to design and run a Forest School programme and look at how to approach and apply it safely and effectively.

This Forest School Level 3 course is aimed at individuals who have a minimum Level 2 qualification in Youth Work, Child Care, Teaching, or relevant experience in working with children.

The course content of this qualification is based on up-to-date research surrounding aspects of

  • Child development
  • Personal development
  • Neuro-science
  • Nature Connection
  • Creativity and crafts
  • Woodland conservation and management
  • Innovative and therapeutic theory in the outdoors
  • Risk assessments to enable safe outdoor play and education

Course Duration

  • Initial training – consisting of 4 days of training
  • Portfolio work – candidates take away their portfolio to work on (For about 4 months)
  • 2 days training and planning
  • 3 more months of work on portfolios
  • First Aid – Candidates complete a 2 day ITC first aid course
  • Development Training – Consisting of 4 days of including assessment

Download the Forest School Practitioner Training Level 3 Flyer

Participants on this course will need to complete a paediatric outdoor First Aid 2 day course before completing their Forest School training. (First Aid not included in price).