Outdoors Thinking

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Who is the course for?

The course has been specifically designed to extend the understanding and expertise of practitioners and teachers/TAs who have at least 2 years experience in early years practice. The course is also very suitable for those holding a nationally recognised level 3 qualification but with less experience in practice.
So as to complete the implementation aspect of the qualification, you will need to be working or on placement with children from 2 to 6 years in any private, voluntary or maintained early years setting, school or childminding service.

Training (Adults)

How long is the course?

In general the course spans 12-14 months.

An example of a standard delivery of the full award would be one training day per month then to return to your setting to implement gained knowledge and experience. In this way you would complete a unit every month, a module every 4 months and complete the whole certificate over a 12 month period.

For Privately commisioned courses - This can be done over a shorter timescale but it is very important to allow enough time between each unit before moving on.


What time of the day will the course take place?

Unless stated otherwise on the course page, courses will run from 9:30am-3:30pm we ask participants to aim to arrive from 9am ready to start at 9:30.

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I need to cancel my place what are my options?

  • Cancel

    You may cancel your booking without penalty providing we receive written notice more than 6 calendar weeks (42 days) prior to the start of the relevant training course.

    Written cancellations received prior to the start of the training course:

    • between 6 weeks (42 days) and 4 weeks (28 days) will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee;

    • between 4 weeks (28 days) and 2 weeks (15 days) will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee;

    • 2 weeks (14 days) or less will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee.

    No refunds will be given if you fail to attend a course for which you have made a booking

    An alternative to cancelation is to transfer the place to an alternative delegate called substitution

  • Substitution

Another person can take up your place when self-organised (Any transfer of payment if applicable is up to these individuals or organisations and is not the responsibility of Outdoors Thinking).

All applications need to be made in writing (inc emails) at least two weeks prior to commencement of the course.

  • Transferring your booking from one course to another

Participants can transfer from one course to another where they can’t attend the original booking. You may Transfer your booking without penalty providing we receive written notice more than 6 calendar weeks(42 days) prior to the start of the relevant training course.

Short notice transfers (within 6 weeks of the commencement of the course) will be treated as cancellations.


I have a problem attending all the dates.

Please contact info@outdoorsthinking.co.uk to arrange to discuss the dates you cant attend. If you need to cancel please see our terms and conditions

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What accreditation do I get from this course?

AIM Qualifications Level 3 15 credits

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