Forest School first aid training covers practical skills needed by those who work with children, providing the confidence and knowledge to deal with comprehensive life-saving first aid emergencies in the outdoor environment, including first aid for adult helpers.

Forest School practitioners requiring this training are welcome on our Outdoor First Aid Qualification which covers exactly the same syllabus, you can find it here; regrettably as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic we have taken the unfortunate decision to cease Forest School only training.

Please be aware that it will not include a Paediatric first aid qualification that satisfies Early Years Foundation Stage practice guidance and statutory guidelines, which some Forest School Practitioners require.

The whole course content and context is totally integrated with the Forest School ethos and rationale and First Aid 4 Life are on the National Register of Forest School First Aid Trainers.


  • Being Safe – best practise including prevention of cross-infection.
  • Vital Signs – temperature, colour, pulse, breathing, level of consciousness.
  • Incident Handling – a systematic approach to problem solving & decision making.
  • Unconsciousness – managing the unconscious casualty to ensure a safe airway.
  • CPR/AED & Choking – dealing with the non breathing casualty including drowning.
  • Wounds & Bleeding – dealing with external & internal bleeding and shock.
  • Major Injuries – treating head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm injuries.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – to muscles & joints including dislocations.
  • Monitoring – Casualty Cards & monitoring plus hand over to rescue services.
  • Remote Issues – improvisation techniques when you have nothing else available!
  • Cold and Heat – dealing with hypothermia, hyperthermia and burns.
  • Medical Emergencies – angina, heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, bites, stings and anaphylaxis.
  • First Aid Regulations – some awareness including first aid kits.


This course provides an ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid qualification.


Certificates are valid for three years following which candidates undertake a further 2 days training (16+ hour) Outdoor First Aid.