Outdoor First Aid for Forest School Leaders

Forest School First Aid Course also known as a remote outdoor first course, is a great way to learn what to do during an emergency when ambulances aren't close by.

The two day 16 hour Forest School First Aid course is an outdoor first aid course designed for dealing with children from 1 year of age upwards and includes their potential illnesses and injuries of young children as well as those of adult helpers. As Forest Schools become a fantastic and common way of delivering the EYFS framework, having children in an outdoor play and learning environment is not without risk. Most of these risks can be well managed by good risk assessment, but first aid plays an important part in giving staff confidence to take children outside. 

This course covers subjects not covered on a conventional OFSTED approved Paediatric First Aid, including focus on injuries caused by fire, falls for trees and outdoor play equipment and emphasis on environmental related conditions such as heat exhaustion and stings.

The course content is delivered primarily outdoors and recreates emergency scenarios to test your knowledge of responding to an incident where help is not immediately available. This course meets the requirements of OFSTED for practitioners of Forest Schools.

We have been delivering this course now for 10 years and was the Surrey County Council chosen provide of Forest School First Aid.


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Who was this course designed for?


The course is designed for Forest School leaders and practitioners.


What is the course content?

Primary assessment in a Forest School setting
Management of an unconscious casualty
Resuscitation CPR
Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
Choking management
Secondary assessment
Head injuries
Injuries from falls including spinal injuries
Hyperthermia, sun burns and dehydration
Management of fractures outdoors
Common medical emergencies such as asthma and anaphylactic shock
Eye injuries
Nose bleeds
Splinters, minor cuts and grazes

If your employer requires you to have a specific Paediatric First Aid Certificate we can run a standard 12-hour Paediatric First Aid course and add a further 4 hours of content covering outdoor injury and illness. This makes the course 16 hours in total and covers the requirements of most Forest School Practitioners. Please specify if you need this option when sending us a booking enquiry.


What is the course duration?


The course lasts 16 hours, this is typically delivered over two 8 hour days.


What is the assessment method?


Competency-based training and continuous observation by the trainer.


What certificate do we get?


Successful candidates will receive a certificate by email which is valid for three years.


How do I book?


Groups - If you are interested in booking this course for your group at your venue please fill our group booking enquiry form.

Individuals - We also run this course at our public venue in Guildford. 


What is the cost?


Courses in Guildford are £204 including VAT and can be booked and reserved online here.

Please send us an enquiry to receive a personalised quote for group courses at your school or setting.