Course Overview

This Laser accredited, 18 credit, Level 3 qualification enables you to set up and run forest school sessions in your setting. The course involves nine training days with both a practical and theoretical element, and is assessed through a portfolio of evidence and the successful completion of a six-week forest school programme that is planned and delivered by the learners.

Aims & Objectives

• You will develop an understanding of the principles and ethos of Forest School
• You will develop an understanding of child learning and development theories and how they relate to forest schools
• You will develop the practical skills to be able to carry out all forest school activities, including lighting and cooking on fires, safe use of tools, etc.
• You will develop the knowledge and skills to sustainably manage your forest school site
• You will learn how to plan, deliver and evaluate a full Forest School programme


Forest School Programme: Learning & Development
Forest School Programme: Practical Skills
Forest School Programme: Planning & Preparation
Forest School Programme: The Woodland Environment
Forest School Programme: Delivery

Who Can Attend?

Early Years Practitioners, Teachers or Professionals who would like to be able to deliver Forest School sessions/programmes to their children or students.

About the Trainers

Donna and Gemma have over 9 years’ experience of delivering forest school sessions and programmes to nurseries, schools and holiday clubs. They are now in to their third year of delivering forest school training courses and enjoy sharing their passion by helping others develop as Forest School Leaders. Both have L3 Forest School qualifications, L4/L6 Childcare qualifications, and L4 PTLLS Awards (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector).

Entry Requirements

In order to enroll you must:
• Hold a valid level 3 qualification
• Relevant experience in childcare or education
• Have had a valid DBS check
• Be aged 18 years or above

Please note, to achieve the Level 3 Forest School Certificate you must hold or gain a two day outdoor first aid certificate. This can be achieved during the course. Acorn Training will organise a first aid training but this is an additional cost to learners; details of Acorn’s next available course can be found  here.

Upcoming Courses

January 2019 - Acorn Training Centre (Milton Keynes) with Donna & Gemma 


Training days:

  • 24-25 Jan 2019
  • 20-22 Mar 2019
  • 23-24 May 2019
  • 11-12 July 2019

Portfolio to be handed in by Friday 24th September 2019

Cost: £850

To book, please complete our booking form and return it to us by emailing [email protected] 

March 2019 - The Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park (Central Bedfordshire) with Donna & Gemma 

Training Days:

  • 11-12 Mar 2019
  • 20-22 May 2019
  • 9-10 July 2019
  • 7-8 Oct 2019

Portfolio to be handed in December 2019. 

Cost: £850

Please call the Central Bedfordshire Academy on 0300 300 8131 for further information or to book. 

May 2019 - Salcey Forest (Northants) with Donna & Gemma 

Training days:

  • 13-14 May 2019
  • 1-3 July 2019
  • 30 Sep - 1 Oct 2019
  • 25-26 November 2019

Portfolio to be handed in by Friday 13th February 2020

Cost: £850

To book, please complete our booking form and return it to us on [email protected]