NEW Play Therapy and the Outdoors – Forest School, Play and Play Therapy

This 2 day course will help those working with groups of young people and children in the outdoors or at Forest School to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities. We explore strategies and methods through Forest Play and while this is not a therapy intervention the methods will incorporate a therapeutic approach. The play skills included will include sand play, music, fire and puppet play and story making.
Trainers will be Marina Robb, who has worked for many years in nature connection and with groups that have specific needs, and Kate Macairt, who has worked as a play therapist for 10 years and has been teaching on the post graduate diploma course for 7, will be facilitating the course.

Health, Wellbeing and Learning Outdoors Conference

With Health and Wellbeing high on the agenda in schools this conference promises to provide practical ways to develop and sustain the wellbeing of staff and pupils. A conference of current thinking, research and best practice delivered through inspiring speakers, hand-on workshops, a toolkit to take away and an amazing school venue.

The participants will understand how health and wellbeing can be delivered across all areas of the curriculum outdoors without adding to teacher’s workload.

Workshops include:

  • Forest School and Nurturing Success
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness Working in schools
  • Art and Photography through Nature
  • Growth Mindset and the Great Outdoors
  • Planting and Special Spaces
  • Adventurous Minds are Healthy Minds
  • Nurturing and Mental Health
  • Woodlands and Writing for Wellbeing
  • Animals in school.

Sensible outdoor clothing required.

Forest School and Autism Workshop with Michael James

This will be an interactive workshop with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion as well as reflection.

What is Autism? Discussion of the process and history of AS diagnosis and why the learner led ethos of Forest School can suit AS learners.

  • Partnership working and the importance of preparation
  • Communication and social interaction – individual communication profiles and effective channels of communication that work well e.g. social stories
  • Social interaction and play – time and space inherent in the Forest School approach
  • Executive function and systemising
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School.

Cost: £130 incl VAT.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – OCN Level 3

A 3-day accredited CPD course with Jon Cree (unaccredited option available).

We will unpick theory, look at real life case studies, outdoor activities and have chats round the fire!

The days will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas, and activities that can be used in any natural setting. There will be time and space to consider specific issues that participants may be encountering with specific individuals in their care.

If you opt for the accredited option you have the opportunity of gaining a level 3 accreditation (worth 3 credits) from the OCNWMR (please note that this option requires some assessment via discussion participation and coursework to meet assessment criteria).

The course will include:

  • What do behaviours communicate and what is ‘challenging behaviour’?
  • The 3 C’s – models for working with behaviour
  • Why outdoors? – what needs does the natural world cater for?
  • Interventions & De-escalation – ways of working with behaviours
  • A ‘needs – based’ approach and what needs the outdoors satisfy
  • How to work with various ‘needs’ from neuro-typical through to various ‘attachment’ needs, including ASD, sensory attachments and more!
  • Self- care – Looking after ourselves
  • Working within Educational Settings, including policy & procedures.

This course is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘challenging behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

Suitable for: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers.

Cost: £295 accredited or £235 unaccredited.

Early Childhood Outdoors: Being at Home Outside

With your involvement, this development day will be a shared opportunity to:
• Grow and strengthen the ‘meshwork’ of those sharing the mission of increasing the amount, time and quality of experiences outdoors for all young children;
• Hear how the work and action of Early Childhood Outdoors is developing;
• Consider how involvement in the ECO meshwork can support both your current work and what you want to achieve;
• Meet other outdoor champions from across the UK and spark possibilities for collaboration;
• Map out ways to grow the momentum for outdoor play in the UK.

Where?  The Showroom, a unique cultural hub situated in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter and opposite the main train station
How can I get there? National links by rail to Sheffield Station are good and ample nearby parking by QPark is half price for conference delegates (Charles Street only but NOT the QPark at the station).
How much? We are very keen to have you join us, and as PlayGarden and Muddy Faces are once again generously supporting the event, we have been able to limit the cost per participant to £65.00 per person, including refreshments and a great locally sourced lunch.
To register, please return the Booking Form to Jayne at info@earlychildhoodoutdoors.org

Speakers

Niki Buchan has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood, with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. Trusting children as being capable and competent, able to assess and take their own risks and face challenges, she believes all children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. A leading voice in promoting nature-based practice, Niki
works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue and mentor, and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, SouthKorea, China, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. Also award-winning author of Children in wild nature: a practical guide to nature-based practice, Adventurous play and STEM Detectives, she is mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer and is usually surrounded by children!

Sue Stokoe is Headteacher of Boldon Outdoor Nursery School in South Tyneside, North East England. For the past 13 years she has had the pleasure of leading staff, parents and governors on a journey to develop the nursery from the traditional stand-alone maintained nursery school it was to the award-winning and internationally-renowned centre of excellence it is today. The nursery school operates outdoors for over 90% of each session, learning in and with nature through its seasons and elements.

Conference Programme

Conference programme includes two exciting keynotes plus plenty of time for networking and professional discussions

10.00 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:30 Welcome and introduction: Jan White
10:45 Niki Buchan, international education consultant with Natural Learning Early Childhood
Consultancy in Australia. International perspectives on nature based provision and practice
11:45 Coffee break & exhibits
12.00 Meeting, sharing & networking discussions
12:45 Dandelion Award followed by lunch & exhibits
1.45 Sue Stokoe, Head of Boldon Outdoor Nursery School (TES School of the Year winner 2016). Becoming and being an outdoor-focused maintained nursery school: starting points, challenges, successes and aspirations
2:45 Early Childhood Outdoors coordinators – sharing developments in the ECO meshwork and our strands of activity
3:30 Moving onwards and upwards discussions
4:30 Summary and close.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.