Professional Development

Nature Education is the New Zealand version or Forest Schools and we have designed this training specifically with the New Zealand educator and our bi-cultural origins in mind. We will help you develop the skills you need to take preschool and primary tamariki outdoors and into nature, AKA the outdoor classroom.

2 Day Nature Educator Training (AKA NZ Forest School Training)

This 2 day workshop will give confidence to people who want to educate children through nature either on or off site in single or multi day programmes. This is the New Zealand version of Forest School training and it has been designed specifically with the New Zealand educator in mind. Ideally suited to ECE and primary school teachers and other educators or parents with a keen interest in educating tamariki in nature.

We will cover:

  • What is nature education and forest schools for New Zealand
  • Purpose and Philosophy
  • What does starting look like – the practical stuff
  • Day to day planning – what a day ‘could’ look like
  • The role of the teacher
  • Curriculum in nature
  • Risk assessment and emergency planning
  • Group management outdoors
  • Practical skills – Fire, Knots, shelter building, Tools including knives

Dates: 9-5pm, 24th and 25th August 2019 (Old MacDonalds rural childcare centre, Hamilton)

Cost: $390 per person for the 2 days

 Nature Education: Linking the Curriculum and the Outdoor Classroom

This workshop will build the confidence of educators who want to use a local space for nature play with their tamariki. It will provide skills, knowledge and ideas to support children’s play in an outdoor environment. Aimed at ECE and Primary teachers there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.

This 6 hour workshop will cover:

  • Benefits of nature play
  • Schema, loose parts and risky play
  • Recognising learning and linking the curriculum
  • The role of the teacher in the outdoor classroom
  • Risk management and group management outdoors
  • Where to start
  • Fire and knives

Dates/Times: 9am-3.30pm, Saturday 12th October 2019 (Andersons Bay School, Dunedin)

Cost: $160 per person (includes morning/afternoon tea. BYO lunch)

Nature Education: Practical Skills

This full-day workshop is for anyone wanting to introduce some extra elements including tools and fire to their nature education sessions either as educators or parents. We will cover the risk management and group management as well as the practicalities and a variety of techniques while having a fun day reminiscing about our own childhoods! 

In this full-day workshop we will learn how to have fun and be safe, covering:

  • Fire
  • Tools including knives
  • Knots
  • Shelter Building

Dates/Times: TBC or on request

Cost: $150 per person

Nature Education: Linking the Curriculum and Outdoor Play 

With nature being the third teacher, outdoor play offers real life, hands on opportunities for learning and discovery. This half-day workshop has been designed to help educators identify the learning that is happening in children’s play in nature and link to dispositions and key competencies in the curriculum. We will consider both Te Whariki and The New Zealand Curriculum and explore the role of schema and loose parts and how they combine to provide a rich learning environment for tamariki.

This 3-hour workshop will cover:

  • Why outdoor play – benefits and risky play
  • Child-led v adult-led and the continuum
  • Recognising learning – schema and STEM
  • Curriculum recognition and linking
  • Loose parts play
  • Designing for play outdoors
  • Promoting Kaitiakitanga

Dates/Times: TBC or on request

Cost: $75 per person

Nature Education: Managing Groups Outdoors

This workshop is aimed at those working with or wanting to work with children in nature or the outdoor classroom. It’s also aimed at those who want to offer outdoor experiences for their tamariki and create more opportunities for risky play while ensuring a foundation of strong risk management practices. We will help you to build knowledge and feel confident in providing a safe and fun learning environment for your tamariki outdoors.

This 3 hour workshop will cover:

  • The benefits of outdoor and risky play
  • Risk Management, including Health and Safety
  • Group management outdoors
  • Role of the teacher 
  • Children’s role in the outdoor classroom

Dates/Times: TBC or on request

Cost: $75 per person

 I offeOn request workshops are for centres, schools or organisations who want to offer some professional development to their educators with the benefit of being in your local environment. You can choose from one of the above workshops or create something more tailored for your educators needs. 

I can help you with:

  • Setting up a Bush Kindergarten
  • Setting up a Nature School
  • Play Based Learning in the Outdoor Classroom
  • The role of the teacher in the Nature Classroom
  • Risk assessment and group management Outdoors
  • Place based education and kaitiakitanga
  • Linking the Curriculum in Nature
  • Schema and Loose parts play
  • Teaching fire with children
  • Teaching tools with children (knives, hammers, saws etc…)
  • Building Huts and Shelters

Rates: Half day rate $750 plus expenses, Full day rate $1500 plus expenses

Inquires: Email me to find out what the best option for you and your team is. Either send me an email (littlekiwisnatureplay@gmail.com) or give me a call (0221582113) to talk through where you are at, what you are currently doing and what you are wanting to get out of a professional development session.

A great workshop with an excellent balance of theoretical and practical. Inspiring and challenging me to make outdoor, nature play for children in my care happen.

Melanie ECE Teacher

The most valuable part of the workshop was working on our nature school philosophy and analysing play according to schema and key competencies. An interesting and well prepared day.

Gloria, Primary School Teacher

An outstanding presentation of an approach to learning that is desperately needed in these times of mental health fragility among our young people.

Jackie, Primary School Teachers

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