Forest Kindergarten (SCQF level 7) CPD Award
Course code 97X3
What is special about this course?
This National Workplace Award is suitable for qualified early learning practitioners, early years workers, managers, teachers, third sector workers, and others who wish to organise and supervise regular off-site visits to woodland and green spaces for children in their care.
Accredited through the SQA, the award recognises the value of woodlands as an integral part of the learning process for pre-school children and covers the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to develop a forest kindergarten.
On successful completion of the course, you will develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to plan and lead forest activities.
- Flexible delivery using a mix of online learning and face-to-face practical experience
- National Workplace Award accredited by the SQA
- No formal qualifications are required. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have some knowledge or experience in working with children in an early years setting.
- Access to practical placement in a nursery, school or voluntary setting is also required.
This is a Level 7 SQA Award with 4 SCQF points. It consists of one unit with three outcomes:
- Forest kindergarten site (The place) - locating a suitable woodland and practical steps to ensure a setting can use it
- Planning and engaging with children and adults (The people) - suggestions to prepare, inform and educate staff, children and parents about the woodland visits
- Setting up and leading forest kindergarten sessions (The activities) - possible lines of development to extend children's experiences of playing in the woods
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- You will learn through a combination of online study using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) and face-to-face practical activities. The practical elements will be delivered in an outdoor environment with online content and videos available for consolidation.
How long will my course last?
- Part-time (structured): 40 hours
Where can I study my course?
- North Highland
- Orkney College UHI
- West Highland
- Variable - for information on start dates please get in touch with your chosen campus
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UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed this award you will be able to plan and deliver outdoor activities using a forest kindergarten approach.
Is there more information available online?
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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.
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