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CPD Topic 5: The Forest School Approach

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Course content:

This topic has been developed with Mel McCree, a Senior Lecturer within Early Childhood Studies and Sarah Lawfull, who runs her own consultancy, Where the Fruit is, which has delivered training on government-funded projects with the National Forest. Together, they explore the Forest School Approach including the principles of learning, risk-taking and how it can support health and wellbeing.  

With practical suggestions on how to apply Forest School principles to their own settings, practitioners will have a greater understanding of risk outdoors, as well as the benefits of the Forest School Approach for children.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Expand your knowledge on the topic area and understand how this subject fits within the context of the EYFS.
  • Discover new teachable moments that will add value to your practice and gain a deeper pedagogical perspective of the subject matter discussed.
  • Reflect on the learning that has taken place and understand how this can impact your practice and the benefit to your children’s development.
  • Make future recommendations for your practice based on insights from industry experts.

All modules can be listened to or watched via the links below. Once you have completed them, please download and complete the assessment before signing-up for your certificate, which is equivalent to 1 hour of CPD training.

Module 1: An introduction to the Forest School Approach
Module 2: The Forest School Approach to Learning
Module 3: Risk-taking and Forest School
Module 4: Forest School truths


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