What is Forest School?
Forest School is about teaching children using the outdoor environment, the ethos is about promoting confidence, self esteem and independence through small achievable tasks. All Forest School sessions are linked to the curriculum, with the emphasis on child-led learning.
While playing in nature children become motivated learners. They are engaged and work with others more effectively. Learning is transferred back into the classroom.
Forest School is a long term holistic learning process that aims to raise self-awareness and self-esteem in participants. Regular sessions take place in natural environments, where the landscape itself adds to the experience of learning. Qualified practitioners, trained in child development, self-esteem and learning theories facilitate sessions to gain personal outcomes for each participant. Forest School can be applied to all age groups and abilities and can be linked to the Australian National Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework.
Forest Learning in Action
Nature Play QLD supported Mt Nebo State School with a personalised site specific Forest Learning Workshop. Take a look at the magic they have since created in their own Forest School, captured beautifully in this short video below.
We are pleased to announce we have a number of Forest Learning opportunities - all this is training for adults!
The content for all learning opportunities are linked with the Australian Curriculum, My Time, Our Place and the Early Years Learning Framework.
Level 3 Forest School Leader Training - 5 days
After the huge success of the first three Australian Level 3 Forest School Leader courses in 2016 and 2017, Nature Play QLD and the Forest School Learning Initiative (UK) are delivering this workshop again in 2018. This is a thorough training qualification which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to set up and run a Forest School.
Date: 29th October to 2nd November 2018 (5 day course)
Venue: Myhorizon and IndigiScapes, Capalaba
Cost: $2225 to include Open College Network West Midlands registration
Suitable for: Qualified educators of children 2 to 10 years.
Personalised site specific Introduction to Forest Learning Workshops
Organise a personalised workshop for your service - we'll come to you! Suitable for groups of educators, 20 or more people.
Cost: $2200 inc GST. Larger group size available for an additional $110 pp inc GST.
An Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop - 1 day
This Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop is perfect for those wanting to learn how to implement Forest Learning into their educational centre or school.
Special Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop at Nerang.
Explore and experience an established bush kindy site with the opportunity to discuss routines, tips and overcoming barriers with forest school leaders.
Date: Saturday, 8 September, 2018
Time: 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Clearview Early Learning and Kindergarten, 86 Dungan St, Nerang QLD4211
Cost: $220 inc GST
Guest Speakers Forest School Leaders: Debbie Priest & Nettie Lester