SQA Forest Kindergarten Award

The Forest Kindergarten Award has been designed to specifically meet the needs of Early Years practitioners who would like to use outdoor spaces on a regular basis, for learning and play.

This is a workplace award, ideal for early years and childcare settings to train and certify their staff.

LtL is the only SQA Accredited delivery centre for the Forest Kindergarten Qualification who deliver courses UK-wide.

Do you want to book or need more information?
Then get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

How the course works

Following the rights-based approach to play in nature, this course is appropriate for all early years practitioners . The course is therefore a cost and time efficient way of training staff, while ensuring high quality outdoor learning and play in your setting.

Candidates will be trained and equipped with all the knowledge and processes they need to be able to deliver Forest Kindergarten sessions within their own setting.

Forest Kindergarten is a National Workplace Award, credited at Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 7, equivalent to National Vocational Qualification Level 4 or Higher National Certificate (HNC). The qualification is relevant to anyone in the UK (and beyond), not just Scottish residents. You can compare Qualification levels here.

There are three broad outcomes:


Preparing the Forest Kindergarten site – “The Place”


Planning and engaging with children and adults – “The People”


Setting up and leading Forest Kindergarten sessions – “The Activities”

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Course duration and dates

The programme consists of:

  • Registration and pre-course reading.
  • A 3-day interactive course which includes practical activities, observation of children and professionals, input and training on specific issues.
  • A post-course portfolio of work, which when complete is aimed at ensuring candidates have the knowledge and processes in place to run their own Forest Kindergarten.
  • Submission of the portfolio for marking by an LtL Assessor. A successful Assessment will lead to Awarding of an SQA & LtL Forest Kindergarten Award, with digital and physical certificate.

How to undertake a course:

Host your own course

This is the most cost-effective way of delivering a Forest Kindergarten Qualification, with courses for up to 20 people with one flat fee.

We can run these programmes anywhere in the world and will work with partners to ensure we have a suitable venue as well as support a staff team.

Courses cost £5,940+vat, which works out at £297+vat per candidate.

(Fees include estimated venue costs which can be reduced)

Attend an ‘Open Course’

LtL is arranging a series of courses each year around the UK for individuals to book onto. You will meet up to 15 fellow early years colleagues on the course.

You can see our latest Forest Kindergarten course listings below.

Courses cost £345.00+vat (£414 total) per candidate.

Forest Kindergarten Course (Stirling)

The Forest Kindergarten Award has been designed to specifically meet the needs of Early Years practitioners who would like to use outdoor spaces on a regular basis, for learning and play.

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