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Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Forest Kindergarten: Local Nature Play

    • Level3
    • Credits6
    • GLH37
    • TQT56
    • Age range19+
    • Cost£31.50
Ref: 603/7549/8
National Subject Sector: 13.1 Teaching and Lecturing

About this qualification

The qualification is for people who understand the importance of play and the outdoors for children's health and wellbeing and capacity to learn. Furthermore, giving children opportunities to experience nature is a prerequisite for care for nature.

Objectives of the qualification

The aim of the qualification is to enable Early Years Practitioners to organise, safely set up and facilitate Forest Kindergarten sessions. These sessions will be regular and routine off-site visits to a local woodland or nearby greenspace for children in their setting.

This qualification is supported by two guiding principle documents developed by a UK based working group of Early Years and Outdoor Play specialists:
For further details download the Qualification Specification

Why choose this qualification?

Learners can progress onto Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders.

    • Level3
    • Credits6
    • GLH37
    • TQT56
    • Age range19+
    • Cost£31.50
National Subject Sector: 13.1 Teaching and Lecturing
Rules of combination

To achieve the Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Forest Kindergarten: Local Nature Play, learners must achieve:

  • 6 credits from the Mandatory unit group
For further details download the Qualification Specification
Entry requirements
  • Early Years Practitioners holding or working towards a Level 3 Early Years qualification or equivalent.
  • Forest School Leaders or outdoor practitioners with a good understanding of Early Years practice.
  • Level 2 Early Years Practitioners will need to be supervised by a Level 3 early years practitioner in a leadership role.
Assessment Methods

Portfolio of evidence including practical demonstrations.

Resources

We have created learner workbooks, tutor guides and additional resources for centres to use. Please contact your Business Development Manager for further details or our Business Support Team on 01902 624230.

Quality Assurance Requirements

Tutors:

To offer this qualification, centres must ensure that tutors hold or are working towards:

  • have a teaching or training qualification such as Level 3 Education and Training or equivalent
  • demonstrable experience working in Early Years settings
  • demonstrable working knowledge of learning and development in early years
  • working knowledge of the Local Nature principles
  • have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in outdoor settings
  • have a minimum of 2 years’ adult training experience
  • have an IOL Band 3 First Aid qualification
  • have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

In addition, the Head of Centre, Centre Contact or Curriculum contact must:

  • inform Open College Network West Midlands of any changes in staffing associated with the delivery of these qualifications;
  • hold public liability insurance.

Internal Quality Assurer (IQA):

Centres must also ensure that they have in place an Internal Quality Assurance person who:

  • Holds or is working towards a Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices.
  • Has substantial experience of working in or assessing qualifications in Forest School Delivery and Leadership.
  • Is familiar with the assessment requirements of the qualification for which they are the Internal Quality Assurer.
Supporting funding needs

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) provide funding for different qualifications in England; details of which can be found here

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For further details and guidance on the various funding streams that relate to our qualifications, please go to our dedicated funding page

Qualification Specification

Learner requirements, units and assessment information

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