Plumpton College Certificate

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Course Outline

This course is designed with level 3 Forest School leaders in mind, as part of growth and development as a practitioner, to hone your skills and knowledge to enhance your early years environment.

Course Content

The day will allow staff to develop and practice new forest school skills to apply within their own setting. Exploring how the layout of a Forest School site can aid the child-led approach.

  • Fire lighting and management
  • Use and importance of games, stories, rhythm and music
  • Safe and appropriate tool use e.g. use of saw, splitting using billhook, drilling appropriate for early years
  • Developing multi-sensory resource
  • Opportunities for skills and ideas sharing among professionals

Please do not delay your booking! To guarantee your place, please book 2 weeks in advance of course date

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific entry requirements, but the course is designed with Level 3 Forest School Leaders in mind.

Dates & Location:


9:30 - 15:30

Lewes Campus - Plumpton College


1 day course


Facilities at Plumpton are pretty impressive if you are planning to undertake your Forest School qualifications. The estate covers over 800 hectares of stunning countryside including four inspiring Ancient Woodland sites, an area of coniferous woodland and beautiful SSSI grasslands of the South Downs. In fact you’ll get to experience one of the finest natural locations in the country, perfect for skill, knowledge and creativity.

To top this all off we have the expertise, experience and enthusiasm of the Forest School training staff, all of whom continue to deliver programs year round to children and young people, maintaining a strong connection to hands on practice. Most unique of all is the support of the colleges Forestry, Countryside, Game Keeping and Adventure Education departments, providing expertise in many areas and we believe the highest quality of Forest School training in the area. Can there be any better place to study Forest School qualifications? 

Future Opportunities

The Level 2 Award in Introduction to Forest School Programme Support (QCF) enables progression into employment as a Forest School Assistant, further learning opportunities within employment, or further study. The qualification can provide a first step onto a career path within the Forest School or other Outdoor Education sector.  Students can progress their knowledge and learning in the area through progression to the Forest School Level 3 course and many environmental or educational based courses. 

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF).

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