Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders, 2020/21

Many thanks for your interest in Forest School and becoming part of this exciting, growing movement in Ireland.
Our Autumn 2020/Spring 2021 course is now fully booked. If you would like to be on the waiting list for our next training in 2021 please complete the registration form below and you will be notified by email when we have course dates. Please ignore the dates below, they will be updated with 2021 details soon.

Thank you,
Ciara Hinksman
Forest School Ireland
Course co-ordinator

Please compete all details below and tick that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

The schedule for the full Autumn 2020/Spring 2021 training is as follows: 

Zoom 1: October 6th, 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Welcome, Orientation, Accessing Online Resources, agree best webinar time-slot going forward. 

Webinar 1: November 9th, 2020, 5.00pm - 6.30pm or 7pm - 8.30pm (best time to be decided based on group decision on Zoom 1): What is Forest School? The 6 Principles, and a broad look at this as a learning approach and Setting up a FS - please bring a natural object found in the garden that represents how you feel in that moment! (Don't think at all!)

Webinar 2: January 11th, 2021, 5.00pm - 6.30pm or 7pm - 8.30pm: Holistic Education; the Forest Play Continuum, Nature Pedagogy and Awe and Wonder - please bring a little clay and a stick with you!

Webinar 3 : February 15th, 2021, 5.00pm - 6.30pm or 7pm - 8.30pm:  Risk Benefit Assessment and Health and Safety * Please note all webinars and Zoom calls will be recorded and can be viewed later - however we are asking you to attend the live webinars as much as possible to benefit from the group learning process. 

Direct delivery at 'The Forest', Hollywood, Co. Wicklow: 

Part 1:  Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd January (3 days) 2021 (assuming ease of travel restrictions).
Part 2:  Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th March (3 days) - completion of Unit 1 (Practical Unit)
Part 3:  Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April 2021 (2 days)

At present all assessment takes place during the face-to-face training. You will be required to have found a mentor/support person who can observe you during one of the six sessions you run (your pilot), who can act as an observer and provide constructive feedback to you.

Please note you have until 6th March 2022 to return your completed portfolio for the course. The OCN issues an e-certificate upon completion of the course and no longer issues a paper one. After this you will be charged GBP£120.00 re-registration fee to the OCN.

Who is the training designed for?

This Level 3 Training is appropriate for those over the age of 21 years with relevant experience working with groups or qualifications - e.g. teachers, early years practitioners, youth workers, play-workers, rangers, ecologists, SNA's or if you have experience working with young people (preferably) or adults for at least two years.

Once your booking has been completed and payment received, you will be sent full details of the course including a location map, full directions, work units to complete and what you will need to bring - this will be sent 2/3 weeks before the course starts.


If you have any questions please email or call Ciara (+353) 086 3199515.

Thank you!
Email address *
Surname *
First name *
Date of birth *
Eircode, required for OCN registration (you can find this here *
Address *
Phone number, please write in the following format (***) *** **** *
Email address *
Where did you hear about this training? *
Have you ever been to, or volunteered at, a Forest School session delivered by a certified Forest School Leader? *
Do you have Garda Vetting clearance no more than 3 yrs old? (You will need to be vetted by each young persons organisation/school/service you work with so if you do not have current Garda clearance you need to make sure you are vetted before running your pilot sessions upon completing training). NB: If you have convictions you may not be eligible to work with children, please see *
If so, what organisations are you vetted with? *
Qualifications and/or Experience
1. Please give relevant experience or training for working with young people. In order to have a good foundation for this training, we recommend you to have at least two years experience working with young people e.g. Scout leader, volunteering, teaching, early years, work experience, arts facilitation, youth group work. *
Name of Employer/s. *
Position (or other) *
Main responsibilities *
Please let us know how you aim to use this Forest School Programme Certificate OCN Level 3 training? *
Please let us know any other relevant knowledge, interests and experience you may have. *
Cost and method of payment
The total cost of the training is €1,200 (plus first aid costs of €130 if you choose to book your 16hrs outdoor first aid course through Forest School Ireland)

Once accepted onto the course, we will email to say you have been offered a place with further information and bank details. In order to confirm your place you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €200 payable to Forest School Ireland within three working days of receiving the acceptance email.

The remaining fee of €1,000 is payable to Forest School Ireland 30 days after being admitted onto the course or sooner if the course is imminent.

Cheques may be accepted if necessary, however online bank transfers are preferable.
Terms and Conditions
By completing this booking form and returning it to us, you agree that any cancellation of your training place would incur a cancellation fee of €200. *
I agree that the full amount of €1,200 must be paid within 30 of being accepted onto the course. If you need to discuss payment please email Ciara at *
I agree if cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to initial training start date a cancellation fee of €500 will be retained or requested. *
I agree cancellations from two weeks before the date of commencement will be charged at the full price. *
I agree that once training has commenced, there will be no refund. *
Please note you have 12 months to return your completed portfolio from the date you are registered with the Open College Network (OCN). After this you will be charged £120.00 re-registration fee. Do you agree? *
You will need to have a current 16hr outdoor certificate to complete your assessment. If you would like to attend the Remote Emergency Care Level 2 (REC2) training as arranged by Forest School Ireland, please tick below. The cost is €130 and is in addition to the course training fee. Cancellations of the first aid training are subject to cancellation fee of €50. (Occupational or paediatric first aid does not have the required outdoor application.) Please tick a box to tell us if you would like to attend first aid training. Dates tbc. *
I agree we (both provider, Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC and host, Forest School Ireland) reserve the right to cancel this training in the unlikely event insufficient places are booked and confirmed. *
I agree that if there is a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic and Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC and host Forest School Ireland cannot offer the face-to-face components as planned, we will need to postpone. However, we will reschedule and continue with the webinar series so you can begin the coursework. We will move part one of the face-to-face training from October 2020 to January 2021, part 2 will be moved to March 2021 and we will find suitable dates for part 3. Please bear this in mind when booking and you agree dates may be changed as a result of government guidelines.
Clear selection
I agree Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC and Forest School Ireland and the venue owners take no responsibility and are not liable for any damage or loss to personal belongings during the training. *
I acknowledge I have read and agree to the above terms and conditions. *
Name and date
Medical Form
Please fill out this form as completely and accurately as possible. The facts that you disclose are confidential and provide critical information to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience with Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC.
Primary Emergency contact person. Name & phone numbers (work, home, mobile) of who we contact in case of emergency and your relationship to them (e.g. husband/mother etc.): *
Secondary emergency contact person for you. Name & phone numbers (work, home, mobile) of who we contact in case of emergency and your relationship to them: *
Your Doctors name, address and telephone number: *
Please tick any of the following illnesses or conditions you may have had, and add any details at the bottom of this form: *
Have you undergone any surgery? If so, please describe the procedure and date:
Have you been hospitalised in the last three years? If so please describe the reason and dates:
Please tick any of the following injuries you have had: *
and provide a description and date of injury:
Do you have any dietary restrictions? *
Do you have any allergies? (e.g. medication, foods like shellfish, nuts, or others, insect bites, dust, grass etc.) Please describe severity of reaction and list medications needed to control reactions: *
Are you taking any form of medication? If yes, please give the name of medication, dosage, frequency, and possible side effects: *
Are you currently under the care of a physician or other health care practitioner? If yes, please give name and describe the reason: *
Do you have any disabilities? If so, please describe them: *
If you have anything further to add to your medical information, please do so here:
I declare that the information in this medical form is accurate and truthful. I recognise that providing inaccurate information may endanger myself. *
I consent to receiving any necessary emergency medical treatment for any injury or illness during the Forest School Leader Certificate (QCF) Level 3 Training. *
I consent for images of me taken during the training to being used by Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC and Forest School Ireland for training and publication purposes. *
Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC video - watch to see how this training was experienced by some Irish Forest School trainees in Co. Wicklow in 2014. Many thanks and happy trails until we meet!
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