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The nature play movement

The international nature play movement has led to the rapid emergence of nature play programs across Victoria and Australia. These programs offer many benefits for children ranging from physical health and wellbeing to social skills and environmental knowledge.

The Living Classroom with Sam Crosby

Join Sam Crosby, experienced nature educator, author and researcher, as she talks about the benefits of mentoring and supporting children of all ages to spend time outdoors with the goal of nurturing happy, healthy and nature-connected kids.

Suitable for parents, educators and carers, hear about the benefit of risk in nature play and learn fun and practical activities that support outdoor learning, challenge and adventure. 

Coordinator of Education and Community Programs for the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney, Sam is the co-author of Australia’s first recognised bush training program for Early Years practitioners, Early Years Bush Connections. The recipient of a Botanic Gardens Foundation and Friends scholarship in 2016, Sam travelled to Europe to study nature kindergartens and forest school practices in Denmark and in the UK.

Date: Wednesday 12 June
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Address: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122
Cost: $10.20 (including gst)

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This is a Living for our Future community sustainability workshop.

Relevant learning outcomes

Nature play can be directly linked to Victorian Curriculum Foundation Stage (Years Prep-2) Achievement Standards, all 5 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).

Nature Play and Bush Kinder seminar notes

In March 2018, Dr Sue Elliot, a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Early Childhood Education at the University of New England (UNE) New South Wales, gave a professional development seminar titled Understanding Nature Play in the context of Bush Kinders and the early years of primary school: What's it all about?

Dr Elliot is a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Early Childhood Education at the University of New England (UNE), New South Wales. She's an experienced practitioner, academic, consultant and author in early childhood education.

Her fascinating seminar offered an introduction to nature play and bush kinder and its many benefits to children, ranging from physical health and wellbeing to social skills and environmental knowledge. It included snapshots of current research, examples of international forest school programs and links to current policies.

Read the seminar slides (pdf, 9.16 MB)

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