Do I need a Forest School Level 3 Certificate if I am a qualified teacher?
The Forest School approach is a non-directive, child-led play based approach, that includes Forest School activities, chosen by the children. To run a forest school programme, whilst you are not legally obliged to gain a Forest School Level 3 Qualification, we highly recommend the training [more details here], that follows the 6 Forest School principles. As an endorsed Trainer with the Forest School Association, or a registered provider, you need to have a FS Qualification.
However, if you are running the individual activities by themselves or integrating forest school/nature type activities into your own programme you don't need to gain the qualification. Firstly, the decision is often a question of confidence.
Secondly, you need to consider the health and safety aspects, the long term care of your 'nature space', and be adequately insured for what you offer your groups.
Our online training offers excellent quality and in depth practical tutorials that train you to a high standard, advocating a child-led approach and addressing risk benefit assessment.
Our aim is to equip you with all the 'tools' to empower you to take your learning and practice into the outdoors.