Forest School

This week 4 Minutes delivered a combined Forest School First And Paediatric First Aid course to a number of students across a number of organisations.

What is a Forest School?

Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

(Forest School Association)

Where was it held?

Host for the two days was Under the Canopy Forest School at Gerrards Cross, Bucks. This is a lovely site. Training was in a Tipi with an outside area for the practical scenarios and a short stroll on day 2 through the woods with some scenarios and observations thrown in. We mostly avoided the rain.


Training was delivered by Maxine, an experienced Forest School First Aid trainer. Students came from various different Forest Schools in the area (and further afield) as well as an outlier – 4 Minutes’ Director, Andy. This was the final piece in him getting his ticket to deliver this course.

If you are looking for a place on a Forest School First Aid course or would like to host your own, please do get in touch with 4 Minutes for more information and dates.

If you have children and would like to let them take part in some of the many activities held at Under the Canopy, do take a look at their website for more information.

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