25 Feb

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Nature Play & the Therapeutic Space (Two day training)

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Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (WMOCN) Autumn 2018


Circle of Life Training will return in 2018/2019 to deliver their 8th Irish-based Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Leadership (WMOCN). The Circle of Life Training team, lead by Marina Robb, delivers forest school practitioner trainings and programmes in the UK, China, SE Asia and Ireland. This training programme is administered in Ireland by Ciara Hinksman of Earth Force Education, who is also part of the training team.


Part one: Tues 30th & Weds 31st October, Thurs 1st November, Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd and Sun 4th November. Part two: Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd February, 2019 inclusive. NB: All dates inclusive, you must attend all parts of the training and they cannot be joined part way through.


The cost is €1150 per person for the Level 3 Certificate training. The 5 Units covered by the training are attached under Further Reading at the bottom of this webpage. There is aprox. 180 hrs of home study required, as well a a six week pilot programme designed, run and assessed by you with a group you will convene yourself. You will do this after you have fully completed the face-to-face training components and you have your first aid and your Policies and Procedures handbook completed. This will all be made clear to you during the training.

The minimum criteria to join the training:

In order to have enough of a foundation upon which to base this training you need to have a minimum of two years considerable experience working with groups, preferably groups of children.

Assessment will combine written work, use of practice file, reflective logs, practical demonstrations and group discussion. This training requires a significant level of paper work e.g short written assignments, risk assessments and health and safety policies. If you have any concerns in this area please let us know in advance.

Level 3 FS Leader candidates must: 
  • be aged 21 years or over;
  • be a qualified teacher, play-worker, youth-worker or support worker OR have at least 2 years experience of working with a client group in a leadership capacity;
  • have access to a group with whom they will run an introductory 6-week Forest School Programme once you have completed training;
  • be Garda vetted with your chosen client group or will get Garda vetted once you have found a group to run your pilot sessions with;
  • hold a current and valid First Aid certificate (minimum 2-day Outdoor First Aid or 2-day Paediatric First Aid) or if not you can become certified before you begin your six sessions.



What will you learn?:

The Forest School Training is based on best practice and research and includes:

  • Nature education and connection
  • Child-led and Adult-led continuum
  • Personal and cultural development
  • Educational and Nature pedagogy
  • Nature conservation and stewardship
  • Risk Benefit Assessment to enable resilient and confident young people
  • Innovative and therapeutic practice in the outdoors
  • Effective communication and behaviour understanding
  • Neuroscience and growing a healthy brain

5 Units covered by training
Please find attached under Further Reading details about the units covered during the training. Please read through these to see what the course entails.

Times: Training is from 9am to 4.00/4.30pm daily, with the final day finishing at 3pm.

Payment information: The cost of the Level 3 Certificate training is €1,150. As there are limited places, a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable to Earth Force Education is required to hold your place.
The remaining training fee of €950 is payable to Earth Force Education 60 days prior to the initial training week, the 30th August, 2018.
If required, there is an additional cost for first aid of €130 if you choose to book your 16hrs outdoor first aid course through Earth Force Education.

First Aid:  If you require 16 hour Outdoor First Aid training (not the same as occupational or paediatric first aid). Earth Force Education is organising a two-day course in early 2019 which costs €130 and will take place in Co. Wicklow. If you do not already have a current 16hr outdoor first aid certificate, e.g. REC2/3 or WFA2, this will be a two day add-on to your training. However, you can do Remote Emergency Care 2/WFA2 with any provider if you choose to go elsewhere. Occupational or paediatric first aid does not have the required outdoor application for this qualification.

Payment: As there are limited places, a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable to Earth Force Education is required to hold your place. Once you have been accepted onto the course an email with how to pay the deposit and some useful information will be sent to you.

Frequently Asked Question’s: When considering this course please read these frequently asked questions about the training.

You can also read a blog written about what typically happens at Forest School training.


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If you would like to chat to someone about the course you can contact Ciara at [email protected] or call 086 3199515