The Forest Kindergarten qualification has been designed specifically to meet the needs of Early Years practitioners who would like to use outdoor spaces for learning and play on a regular basis. During this course, 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.
This is a National Workplace Award, credited at Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 7. This qualification is equivalent to National Vocational Qualification Level 4 or Higher National Certificate (HNC), and is relevant anywhere in the UK (and beyond). Compare qualification levels on the SQA website.
Upon completion of this course, your nursery or early years setting will also be qualified to display the Learning through Landscapes Forest Kindergarten accreditation logo on your website.
Please note that ticket sales close one week before the event starts.
— Registration and pre-course reading.
— A 3-day interactive course which includes practical activities, observation of children and professionals, and input and training on specific issues.
— A post-course portfolio of work which aims to ensure that 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 qualification, with digital and physical certificate.
On the day
Candidates will be supplied with an SQA Workbook, wider resources, and all assessment materials.
Candidates do require suitable outdoor clothing for any weather foreseeable, including wet and cold conditions. While we will adapt the course as needed to extremes of weather, we do not expect to alter the plan.
Venues and timing
The training event takes place on 19th-21st April 2023 from 9:00-17:00 each day.
The venue address is Dumyat Room, Scion House, Stirling University Innovation Park, Stirling, FK9 4NF.
The university offers all of the facilities we will need, including excellent outdoor space which we will make use of during the course. All facilities are fully accessible.