Visiting Leader Training – Early Years and Childcare

Planning and Management of Off-Site visits (5 hours)

Wednesday 22 January 2019 and Wednesday 29 January 2019,    4- 6.30pm

Participants MUST attend BOTH sessions at the Outdoor Learning Service base, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SR

Course Overview

This course is aimed at Early Learning & Childcare staff to enable them to organise and lead learning outdoors away from the nursery e.g. In the woods, on the beach, in the park etc;.

This is a nationally recognised, certificated course covering preparation and planning for visits followed by practical skills required for offsite learning away from the nursery including in natural environments.

The course is a two module course, covering preparation and planning for off site learning followed by practical on the ground module covering skills required for leading learning in a natural environment away from the nursery. The course covers the identification of relevant significant hazards and the importance of placing successful control measures including supervision and group management strategies.

Many of the examples used throughout the day will be specific to woodland, coastal, inland water and farm visits.  These include the areas the Scottish government guidance ( )  lists as ‘venues with specific planning considerations’ and request LA approval for certain aspects of the visits.

Completion of this course is strongly advised for Early Learning and Childcare staff wishing to take young people on off-site visits.

This course only contains a brief reference to the EVOLVE trip management system.

The course is based both indoors and outdoors, please bring appropriate clothing and footwear