Educators, you are one of our children’s most important assets. We want to provide support and guidance to help you understand and embrace the value of nature play in whatever context you are engaging with children.
Incorporating experiences for children in the natural world is a fundamental part of childhood. Research tells us it’s critical for social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. One of the most significant windows where childhood needs to thrive is their education setting – the place where they spend a large amount of their younger years.
It’s our firm belief that childhood flows between home and school creating a rich and supportive community where play is at the forefront of their learning, development and overall childhood. We want to empower this ‘community’ by equipping educators with the skills and knowledge to understand the importance and benefits of nature play and to ultimately embed this into their sites culture and pedagogy.
In saying that, we recognise the pressure on educators and want to help you find a balanced approach to ensuring your children have access to an outdoor learning environment where they can play, learn, question, hypothesise, explore and engage with nature whilst ensuring strong learning outcomes are achieved. This is the very reason why we have created an online Educator’s Membership program. The membership offers a range of benefits including an online magazine – Nature Play the Education Way, featuring experts and professionals in pedagogy and childhood development. In addition we have featured a number of case study sites from across the state to demonstrate some achievable examples of nature play within an education and childhood setting.
Other support and guidance on your nature play journey include
- Educators Membership with online resources and a online magazine
- Incursions and excursions
- Educator Workshops
- An annual Conference – 2018 is our Nature for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Children
- Staff and parents sessions
- Regional workshops and other types of support
- Resources associated with Risk and Playspace Design