This is an advanced course suited to participants who would like to work in the Early Years sector and who have an interest in Outdoor Education and Forest Leadership. This course would give students confidence and skills to take children outdoors to experience the benefits of nature based play and it will also help the participants gain a greater understanding of Forest Schools.
Duration One year
Certification: QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education 6M2007
Introductory Certificate in Forest School Education from Earth Force Education in association with the Irish Forest School Association
Principal Areas of Study:
v Child Development
v Early Years Curriculum, to include: Froebel. Montessori Steiner and Forest School philosophy
v Childhood Social and Legal Studies
v Work Experience
v Team Leadership
v Early Learning Environment
v Early Childhood Arts and Culture
v Adventure Activities
(Modules may be subject to change)
Features of the Course
Qualifies the student to work as team leader in Early Years Environments
Intensive college programme three days a week
Forest School element will be delivered in a woodland or natural setting
The philosophy of Forest School Education will be explored.
Team building exercises
One day work experience in an Early Years environment
Outdoor First Aid
Garda Vetting for work experience (See Page 43)
Higher Education (See Page 41)
This course is open to student who have achieved an overall merit profile in QQI 5Award in Early Childhood Care and Education or the equivalent.
This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the college for mature students with prior experience or academic ability.