First Aid Training for Forest School (& Outdoor Woodland Learning)
Sixteen-hour Outdoor First Aid cover must be in place for Forest School sessions taking place outwith school grounds, or using higher risk activities such as fire and bladed tools. This includes your block of practice sessions run during your training.
In Scotland, we have adapted a course in partnership with the First Aid Training Co-operative, called Outdoor First Aid for Forest School and Outdoor Woodland Learning. For info and dates scroll down. The course is specially designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in outdoor environments with groups of children, and aims to build skills and confidence. Courses are taught with an emphasis on practical application, contextual relevance and built up in small achievalbe chunks with lots of repetition. Contact Aline Hill on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In England, we recommend the 2-day ITC Outdoor Forest School First Aid course accredited by SQA. The context for this training course is Forest School and as such the discussion, practice and outdoor scenarios are suited to Forest School situations. The course is taught in a 'Forest School way', using small achievable chunks, repetition and scaffolding. It is very hands-on and includes outdoor role-play scenarios, so you will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing!
It should be noted that the Outdoor Forest School First Aid training course is a 16-hour course and is run over 2 days, starting at 9.00am and finishing at 6.00pm. It is suitable for those working in the Outdoor industry, such as outdoor instructors, scout leaders, forestry workers, environmentalists and those undertaking field studies.
In the South-West this course is taught by Sam and Stella Iskander, from FirstAid4Life and whilst it does briefly cover aspects of how First Aid applies to work with children at Forest School, it does not qualify you with a Paediatric First Aid certificate. If your employer requires you to have a specific Paediatric First Aid Certificate then you will need to do the course below.
Forest School First Aid trainers
Andy Forsyth runs the Forest School First Aid course, which is similar content to the Outdoor First Aid course.
Andy Forsyth is from Adventure Education.
In the South-West this courses are taught by Sam and Stella Iskander, from FirstAid4Life. Note that whilst it does briefly cover aspects of how First Aid applies to work with children at Forest School, it does not qualify you with a Paediatric First Aid certificate. If your employer requires you to have a specific Paediatric First Aid Certificate then you will need to do their combined First Aid for Forest School and Paediatric First Aid course (South West mainly).
For level 3 students and level 2/3 Top Up students it is a requirement for you to have your First Aid Certificate in place before you run your 6-week Forest School Programme.
First Aid Training for Forest School
Training in Norfolk
Please visit the FSA Norfolk local group website for up to date information about CPD and First Aid courses.
Training in Scotland
For info and dates email Aline Hill on email@example.com.
Dates are scheduled as follows:
Bonaly Outdoor Centre, Edinburgh, Thurs 21 to Fri 22 Nov 2019
Hamilton Fives, Wed 13 to Thurs 14 Nov 2019
For booking and further info visit https://firstaidtrainingcooperative.co.uk/forest-schools/.
Training in the South West
Please visit FirstAid4Life website for informations about first aid courses in Devon and other locations in the South West