October 2018 Forest School Level 3 Training

Important Notice: The course described on this page has been cancelled, due to insufficient interest within the Toowoomba region. However, if you are interested in doing the course, click the Interested? button below and we will be in touch about alternative venues and dates that may suit you.

Forest School Leader Level 3

When: 20 – 24 October 2018
Time: approx. 9am – 4pm daily – 5 day training
Where: Koojarewon Youth Camp, 26 Borghardt Road Highfields, QLD, 4352  See Map
Cost: $2225 – to include Open College Network West Midlands registration.


Who is the Workshop for?

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  • Early Childhood and Primary Teachers
  • Educators with a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma, or equivalent experience

The Forest School Leader training is tailored to support the Australian National Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework. All practical session ideas, planning and recording documentation and presentations will relate to these learning outcomes. Health and Safety and Risk Benefit analysis input will also be tailored to the environment here in Queensland. The Forest School learning approach can be adapted to benefit any child in any environment. It is all about reconnecting our children with meaningful experiences in a local natural setting.

Course Requirements

  • Be over 21 years old
  • If working with children, a Level 3 childcare/play work qualification and experience of working with the young is essential
  • For teenagers and adults, a relevant Level 3 qualification is required or equivalent experience
  • If working with learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, again a relevant qualification and experience of these groups is required
  • Attend for 80% of the lessons over 5 days
  • Teach 6 sessions of 1½ hours with your chosen client group
  • Be assessed practically during a 1½ hour lesson
  • Complete all assessment criteria within 9 months of commencement of course
  • Provide proof of current Blue Card
  • On completion of the course you must provide proof of a relevant outdoor First Aid Certificate such as First Aid in an Education and Care Setting (HLTAID004) or equivalent
  • You will need to access the relevant client group in order to complete assignments

The Course

Antje Connolly from ForestEd Australia and Chris Dee from Forest School Learning Initiative
Antje Connolly from ForestEd Australia and Chris Dee from Forest School Learning Initiative

Antje Connolly from ForestEd Australia and Tracy Betley from Forest School Learning Initiative
Antje Connolly from ForestEd Australia and Tracy Betley from Forest School Learning Initiative

The course presenter is Christina Dee from Forest School Learning Initiative UK. Christina, together with with her team of experienced educators has successfully trained hundreds of Forest School Leaders. Christina is a well-respected, and highly sought after trainer.

  • The ethos and practice of a forest school program and the links to educational theorists, the EYLF, National Quality Standards, My Time, Our Place and the Australian National Curriculum
  • Children’s holistic development and how the approach links to self-esteem, resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Risk management and health and safety policy and practice, including outdoor first aid scenarios
  • Children’s brain development, learning styles, schemas and behavioural management at Forest School
  • Observations and analysis of Forest School sessions with children
  • The environmental impact and management of the Forest School site
  • How to plan and evaluate Forest School sessions
  • How to complete a ‘Forest School Handbook’ for your service
  • An introduction to flora and fauna in Queensland and how to share the knowledge with children
  • Common knots, lashing and building self-supporting structures and shelters
  • Safe tool use, policy, practice and maintenance and woodcraft activities
  • Fire lighting, management and safety cooking on a fire
  • Indigenous Inclusion – Acknowledging our indigenous heritage through the knowledge and practical ideas of a Local Elder

Forest School Principles

Forest School is for all children and young people

Forest School builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning for themselves

Forest School is organised and run by qualified Forest School leaders

Forest School maximises the learning potential of local forests or natural bush settings through frequent and regular visits throughout the year

Forest School helps children to understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment

Sessions of Forest School are child-led to accommodate individual learning styles and schemas

Qualified Forest School Leaders observe and assess the children’s learning to inform future planning

Teachers and parents have observed noticeable benefits in behaviour, concentration and self-esteem from regular participation in Forest School sessions