Understanding nature play in the context of bush kinders and the early years of primary school
This special professional development event offers an introduction to nature play and bush kinder and it’s many benefits to children, ranging from physical health and well-being to social skills and environmental knowledge. The workshop will include snapshots of current research, examples of international forest school programs and links to current policies. There will be interactive activities and opportunities for sharing experiences and learnings.
Dr Sue Elliott
Sue is a Senior Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator in Early Childhood Education at the University of New England (UNE), New South Wales. She is an experienced practitioner, academic, consultant and author with a focus on education for sustainability, outdoor play spaces and bush kinder. Sue has consulted with organisations such as the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Melbourne Aquarium, Museum Victoria and Zoos Victoria to provide educator training, outdoor design advice and early childhood program development.
Relevant learning outcomes
Nature play can be directly linked to Victorian Curriculum Foundation Stage (Years Prep-2) Achievement Standards, all five of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Learning Outcomes (DEEWR, 2009) and to Quality Areas 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 of the National Quality Standard (NQS) (ACECQA, 2017).
When: Thursday 8 March, 7pm to 9pm
Bookings essential: boroondara.vic.gov.au/nature-play-seminar
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This event is a collaboration between Monash and Boroondara Councils