The Forest Schools First Aid course is totally integrated with the Forest School ethos, rationale and the unique professional requirements of Forest School workers.
The requirements for Forest School first aid can be met by completing an Outdoor First Aid course. However many groups prefer or require specialist and tailored training involving infants for instance, with a tailored, contextualised approach to content often mixing elements of infant/child/adult training as determined by the group. This training course is designed to provide that flexibility. The content reflects the unique environments in which you work, and the challenges that you can face. It is the course of choice for the professional Forest School practitioner, who wants a custom course designed around their craft and their profession.
In its Guidance note – First Aid for Forest School, the Forest School Association (FSA) strongly recommends that a Level 3 qualified Forest School Practitioner holds a current first aid qualification as covered in the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) statement of good practice for Outdoor First Aid at Band 3. This course meets the criteria laid out. This course would also meet the criteria laid out for Level 2 and Level 1 qualified Forest School Assistants.
About our Forest School First Aid course
Our awarding body ITC First Aid has a well established and long running relationship with the Key Forest School National Training Organisation. Together they have helped design this unique first aid training package. Many organisations deliver first aid courses that meet the needs of Forest School practitioners; however this is the only awarding organisation approved by HSE, Ofqual, and the SQA, that has developed a tailored training course supported by the main Forest School Training Organisation in England.
Topics include: roles & responsibilities, adult/child/infant specific treatments, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios, outdoor incident management and looking after a casualty for more than 10 minutes.
This course is designed to provide outdoor incident management skills. Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occurring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains.
- Minimum tutor contact time of 16 hours (excluding breaks)
- 1:12 tutor to learner ratio
- Course must be completed within 9 weeks of starting
- Each delivery session must be a minimum of 2 hours
- Successful completion will result in learners gaining a Forest School First Aid (ITC) certificate.
- The qualification is revalidated by attending another similar course after 3 years
There are no prerequisite entry requirements for this qualification.
Prospective candidates are to be advised that they should have should have literacy and numeracy competency appropriate for the qualification.
For those leaders working in an environment where there is a need to hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate, this can be incorporated into the syllabus and all attendees will receive a Paediatric First Aid Certificate as well. There is an additional fee of £10 per student for this qualification.