ECO Learning Network Training Package
This training has been designed to assist teachers and educators who are interested in taking children into nature or who are looking for support to strengthen their existing programs. Presented by leaders and pioneers in the field of Australian early childhood nature programs - Doug Fargher, Lisa Coxon and Karen Anderson - the program is held over 3 sessions, including a site visit to a nature kindergarten in action.
The package includes
1/ half day workshop that covers the framework requirements as well as the Nuts and Bolts of creating an outdoor program.
2/ One site visit where participants have the opportunity to view children interacting within the outdoor space. (For an extra fee participants can visit other sites.)
3/ After the site visits a second workshop is planned to reflect on what has been observed and then begin planning for the next steps of taking children into nature.
Comments received from previous participants:
Great to hear from knowledgeable teachers with loads of experience
It was good to be able to reflect on how the examples are relevant to our own services
It was such an inspirational session that now I am feeling confident to take this on board
Having the opportunity to observe the children learning and working in the bush space. Being able to ask questions and hear ‘real stories’
Fantastic to reflect after the site visit and unpack what we have seen and experienced. Again love the stories and examples
Day One Outline – Introduction
Introduction to nature kindergarten including discussion of:
Day Two – Site Visit
Visit a nature kindergarten program in action. Choose one of three visits:
View children learning in three very different natural environments.
Teachers will share their sites and pedagogy, providing insights into the how and why.
Day Three – Get down to work
A session for planning and writing, tailored to your needs and your service.