Forest School First Aid Course

Our Forest School first aid course is an exciting, in-depth first aid course. You will cover the contents of several courses, including outdoor first aid, paediatric first aid and catastrophic bleeding. As a result is the perfect course for Forest School Leaders, early years practitioners, Beach School Leaders and Woodland Learning Practitioners.

The requirements for Forest School first aid can be met by completing an ITC Level 6 Award in Outdoor First Aid (SCQF). 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.



Course Contents

On this course, you will learn what your responsibilities as a first aider are. In addition to this, you’ll also look at what first aid equipment you should have, and how to keep yourself safe when providing first aid. You’ll learn the protocol for dealing with casualties, and learn how to deal with unconscious casualties who are both breathing and not breathing.

You will also learn how to control catastrophic bleeding using tourniquets, pressure dressings and haemostat agents. You’ll learn about the dangers of hypothermia, and how to protect a casualty from the cold. Likewise you will learn how to deal with insect bites and Lymes disease.

You’ll also learn how to deal with a variety of injuries and accidents common to children. These will range from minor bumps to head injuries and bleeding wounds. Finally, you will cover a range of childhood medical conditions. These include asthma, anaphylaxis and meningitis.

Is the course accredited?

Our two-day forest school first aid course is accredited by ITC First as a part of their Forest School Training Suite. 

Course Assessment

As the course is a regulated qualification, we gather evidence of a candidate’s learning and development over the course. During the assessment, candidates will demonstrate an understanding of effective first aid practises in emergencies. The assessment requirements for this course include:

  • Practical Assessments: your trainer will carry out ongoing practical assessments throughout the course. Feedback is offered after the practical assessments, and you will have the opportunity to correct any errors.
  • 1x Casualty Card: during one of the scenarios, you will complete a casualty card, this will test your ability to monitor and record casualty information.

Upcoming Dates

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Forest School First Aid Course Syllabus

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • How to manage an incident in an outdoor environment
  • Monitor and record vital signs, including:
    • Breathing
    • Level of consciousness
    • Temperature
    • Colour
  • Providing first aid to a casualty that is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • Deal with an external bleed
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty who is in shock
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty affected by immersion in cold water
  • Conducting a secondary survey
  • Provide first aid to a casualty with suspected injuries to bones, muscles and joints in an outdoor environment
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected spinal injury
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty with an eye injury
  • Identify a casualty who has been bitten or stung (Including ticks and Lymes disease)
  • Know how to proved first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • How to recognise and provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major illnesses, including:
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • Epileptic seizure
    • Asthma attack
    • Diabetic emergency
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty who is experiencing the effects of heat and cold

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