Early years Forest Kindergarten training course.

Forest kindergarten training and award

The Forest Kindergarten Award has been designed to specifically meet the needs of Early Years practitioners who would like to use local woods or greenspace on a regular basis.

Update November 2019 – we are in the final throes of our Forest Kindergarten Training and Assessment SNVQ approval. We expect this process to be completed in early 2020. Do please enquire about the course, and we will contact you as soon as we can to confirm when courses are commencing.

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

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How the course works

Following a Forest Schools style of pedagogy, this course is a cost and time efficient way of training staff and ensuring high quality outdoor learning and play.

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).

Ideal for those working towards an HNC in Childhood Practice or similar, it can also be used for practising Early Years Educators as in-service training, to further support their work.

There are three broad outcomes:


Preparing the Forest Kindergarten site


Planning and engaging with children and adults


Setting up and leading Forest Kindergarten sessions

Course duration and dates

The course lasts three days and is followed by a period of practice, reflection and self-led coursework for examination. Our staff then marks the coursework.

You can host your own course, delivered by our LTL Staff and Accredited Professionals. Usually 10 delegates are needed between a nursery chain or Local Authority to make the course viable, and we can accommodate up to 25.

LtL will have Forest Kindergarten dates available in the new year – and will be taking bookings from nurseries, local authorities and nursery chains to host bookings themselves. Please get in touch to register your interest.

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