Forest School Training Level 2 Hampshire

Forest School

Forest School Training Level 2 Hampshire

Fully booked
Forest School Level 2 training course will enable you to assist at a Forest School Programme for any age group.

Event details


9:30am - 4:30pm
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About the event

About this Event

This LASER Level 2 Award for Forest School Assistants (RQF) is a nationally recognised training course.

4 Training days: 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th September 2021 (9.30 to 4.30pm)

To achieve the Level 2 award you will need to complete all of the following:

Four days of training in theory and practice to cover:

  • Learning and development at a Forest School programme
  • Practical skills for a Forest School programme

*You will also need to assist with the planning, delivery and evaluation of 3 consecutive Forest School sessions run by a Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader.

* A coursework portfolio which should be completed within 6 months of the start of the course.

All our Forest School Level 2 trainees on this course will be eligible for 12 months discounted membership of the Forest School Association, the professional body for Forest School practitioners.

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 2training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 2 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Assistant. The Level 2 course will enable you to support an existing Forest School including assisting delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

This course will take place at Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve situated between Southampton and Fareham in Hampshire.

Before booking, please ensure you read the Course Booking - Terms and conditions

PLEASE NOTE: we will be keeping up to date with the latest Government guidance on Covid -19 measures and will be making changes to our risk assessments and the course delivery to ensure risks are minimised. We will provide a briefing before the course start date to ensure you understand the expectations and measures in place and give you an opportunity to ask any questions. Should it be necessary to cancel the course due to changes in the Government advice, we will contact you with the option to postpone your course or receive a full refund.

Entry Criteria

Participants should be over 18, have experience of working with young people and hold a current DBS Disclosure.

Please be aware that support for planning and delivering Forest School sessions and time to put together the portfolio are particularly important with this training. We recommend any supporter/ line manager reads the Pre-Booking Information before you complete the booking and application process.

Covid Secure Mission Statement for groups

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust continues to take steps to help limit the spread of Covid-19. We are keeping the situation under review, and so there may be the need to change your booking at short notice. The below statement outlines what to expect from us, and what we expect from you. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below, we reserve the right to stop your visit.

What to expect from us: 

We will follow the latest government guidelines- your visit could be cancelled or postponed at short notice if guidance changes 

We will always remain 2 metres apart from you

We will provide you with access to hand washing facilities whilst on site

There will be enough equipment for your group to maintain social distancing (the Trust is practicing 2 metres, not 1 metre plus). We will clean all equipment before and after your visit 

The activities within your session may be adapted to minimise equipment, this will be discussed at an online briefing before the course start date.

We will continue to provide first aid and emergency care for you. In an emergency we may not be able to maintain social distancing, staff providing the first aid will wear appropriate PPE

We will not be providing snacks or drinks. Participants will need to bring their own.

If one of our staff delivering on your visit becomes unwell within 2 weeks we will inform you 

What we expect from you: 

You will follow the latest government guidelines 

You will remain 2 metres apart from our staff and group participants

You and your group will practice frequent hand washing 

You remain responsible for arranging your own travel

If you become unwell within 2 weeks you will inform us by contacting the member of staff who booked your session.


All equipment used for the sessions will be cleaned before and after use. Each individual or bubble will have their own set of equipment which will not be used again until it has been washed and dried.


Dawn Preston – Education Officer

Dawn O’Malley – Training and Outreach Officer

Course Reviews

Sarah, Boscombe

Doing my Forest School Level 3 with Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust was fantastic. The training was delivered in such a magical location with trainers who were really knowledgeable and experienced but more importantly, friendly, approachable and so passionate about Forest School. I left with a spring in my step, wood smoke in my hair, loads of new ideas and an eagerness and confidence to begin delivering Forest School myself.

Steve, Penn

The instructors were absolutely fantastic both in terms of their knowledge and skills as well as in their delivery style.

Daniel, Gosport

We had a chance to apply skills, develop and then re-apply them in a managed and supportive environment over consecutive days. The course, in parts, exceeded my expectations.

Carine, Basingstoke

Thank you for an *amazing* experience and all your hard but seamless work in providing the course.

Victoria, Christchurch

I just wanted to say a huge thankful for a wonderful weekend last weekend and, a really great training course. I had no idea I would learn as much as I have, let alone run sessions successfully. One day, even if I can only be a fraction as good as you both as practitioners that would be amazing.




Know before you go


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Dogs are sometimes required to be on a lead if schools groups are visiting the site.


Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities