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 10 years’ experience of delivering forest school sessions and programmes to nurseries, schools and holiday clubs. They are now in to their fourth 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 19 years or above

Please note, to achieve the Level 3 Forest School Certificate you must hold or gain a two day Outdoor Activity 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.

Did you know -

If you have successfully completed your L2 Forest School training in the past, then you might be eligible to 'top-up' your L2 qualification to a L3 qualification, without attending the full L3 course!

The cost of the top up is £500, and you would join one of our existing L3 courses (see below), but only attend for the following training days:

  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5 (optional)
  • Day 7
  • Day 9

Choosing this option will still require you to pull together the full portfolio, however some of the work from your L2 portfolio can be reused and expanded on in order to meet the L3 learning outcomes. 

For more information, please contact us to discuss further on [email protected] or call 01908 510309 and ask to speak to Gemma or Donna. 

Upcoming Courses

June 2024 - (Milton Keynes) with Donna & Gemma

Training days:

  • 12th & 13th June 2024 (2 day block)
  • 25th & 26th September 2024 (2 day block)
  • 6th, 7th & 8th November 2024 (3 day block)
  • 6th & 7th March 2025 (2 day block)

Portfolio hand-in date: 17th March 2025

 Cost: £950

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