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Outdoor Learning Conference: Myth Busting Outdoors!

Saturday 2 November, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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A chance to reflect upon risk taking, challenge and adventure in early childhood

Start the new academic year with an inspirational morning all about learning outdoors. Hear keynote speaker Kathryn Solly and look around our outstanding provision to give you lots of tips and ideas to take back to your own setting.

Key Information as follows:

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • 9.30am -1.00pm (approx)
  • Keynote speaker: Kathryn Solly
  • Pikes Lane Primary School, Gibraltar Street, Bolton, BL3 5HU
  • Site tour including; 2 year old provision, EYFS and Forest School site
  • Refreshments and light lunch included
  • Stalls from related businesses
  • Raffle including prizes from great businesses like Muddy Faces

The morning will include an introduction by Chloe Grey (@missgreyandplay) and refreshments. This will give you time to browse the stalls and enter the exciting raffle. The seminar will then start at 10.00am and will include a short break. At around 12.15pm the seminar will be followed by a light lunch and tour of the setting. You will have a chance to see the outstanding provision including the Preschool (two year old) and Early Years classrooms and outdoor areas and also the newly developed Forest School provision. The event will finish at around 1.00pm but you are welcome to depart at your convenience.

Please contact Chloe Grey with any questions or comments either via social media (@missgreyandplay) or by email: missgreyandplay@gmail.com

About the keynote Speaker: Kathryn Solly

Kathryn Solly (@SollyKathryn) started life as a secondary school teacher on Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea for two years. Since then she has taught across all the phases of education including a short time in an Albanian kindergarten. She realised that if she was to really make a difference she had to re-train to teach in the early years and has since achieved a special needs qualification and an M.A. in Early Education and Care.

After two nursery school posts outside London both involving garden development projects, she became the Head teacher of Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years. Here Kathryn developed a highly inclusive learning community in cosmopolitan Chelsea, building upon the creative learning ethos started by COA’s founder – Dr. Susan Isaacs.

She was awarded the Unilever Fellowship researching aspects of Early Years Leadership and Management. She has contributed to several journals and books on a variety of aspects of early childhood pedagogy, practices and partnerships. Her first book ‘Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years’ was published in 2014. She is now writing ‘Leading Learning Outdoors from Birth to Seven.’

Kathryn now concentrates on specialist early childhood consulting, training and authorship. She is a Froebel Trust Travelling Trainer, an Associate for Early Education, Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum, and a leading member of Keeping Early Years Unique. She continues to be fascinated by young children’s learning, the pioneers, nature and the world around us and is continuing to explore it with a variety of practitioners in her daily work and research. She also enjoys ‘hands-on’ experiences with her grandchildren.

Host: Pikes Lane Primary School

Pikes Lane Primary School is situated close to the centre of Bolton in Greater Manchester. It is a two-form entry, outstanding primary school that serves a multi-cultural and diverse community. It has several areas of outdoor provision for its early years pupils and has recently developed an area of Forest School provision on site.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Saturday 2 November, 2019
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Pikes Lane Primary School
Gibraltar Street
Bolton, BL3 5HU United Kingdom
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