Nature at Play: Building Knowledge & Understanding about Natural Environments through Creating, Exploring & Risk Taking (Term 3)

AISSA Boardroom

301 Unley Road


Libby Worrell

For: Early Childhood & Foundation Leaders, Teachers & Educators

Focus – Nature at Play: Supporting nature play based practice in the Early Years

"Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants and small animals attract and hold children's attention for hours, days, even a lifetime." Moore and Wong

We are delighted to announce Simon Hutchinson (Climbing Tree - Nature Play and Sustainability Consultancy) and Sally Cook (Natural Connections for Learning) will together be presenting at this one day workshop. Participants will be inspired to explore, create and connect with nature. Through an early childhood lens, educators will plan and develop highly engaging learning opportunities by integrating nature into children’s learning in a holistic way.

Scope of Session – Participants will work collaboratively to engage in professional dialogue in response to the following questions and provocations:

  • Why is connecting with nature important?
  • What does nature pedagogy really mean?
  • Supporting the management of adventurous play for learning opportunities including risk/benefit assessment
  • Essential elements of outdoor learning environment design
  • How unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident and capable children
  • The importance of outdoor play on our physical and emotional wellbeing
  • The role of the educator.

Core foci
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

  • 1.1 Lead colleagues to select and develop teaching strategies to improve student learning using knowledge of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
  • 4.1 Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.

National Quality Standards for Early Childhood Education and Care

  • 2.2.2 Physical activity is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences and is appropriate for each child
  • 3.2.1 Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments
  • 5.1.2 Every child is able to engage with educators in meaningful, open interactions that support the acquisition of skills for life and learning.

Each participant/site is to bring their statement of philosophy and a couple of resources

Registration for this workshop session will incur a fee of $95 (GST Inclusive) per participant. This fee is invoiced after the event and is payable even if you do not attend on the day as the AISSA will still incur cost. If notice of cancellation is received before the event RSVP cut-off date the fee will be waived.

Please accept your registration as confirmation of attendance

Please park in nearby streets

For all registration enquiries please contact (Sandy Cross)

Event period: Event times: 9:00 - 15:30
RSVP by: 10 Days before Event Start

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