Small Roundwood Construction

This 2 day approved course (Institute for Outdoor Learning) aims to give you the confidence and understanding of using Axes, Froes and Billhooks in order to build simple semi permanent structures.

On this course we will be constructing a small hut with at least 1 woven panel. Time will be spent on the choice of timber, different joints, what makes a safe frame and other factors regarding simple frames.

Wonder Full Early Years Training Hub Open Day

Open Day – 25th January 2018
10am-4pm. Last entry 3pm.
£5 per person (reimbursed when booking on future courses).

Come and visit us at our Wonder Full Early Years Training Hub.

Visiting us on one of our open days gives you the opportunity to see our inspiring space, including the fascinating areas of provision set up in our outdoor woodland area and, if you like, take photos. Our spaces offer a wealth of rich, stimulating ideas, resources and materials for supporting young children’s learning and development, so take your time to wander round, think and reflect, or develop ideas as a team.

For more details, or to book a place please email info@wonderfullearlyyears.co.uk

Making Natural Play Structures Course with John Cree

A super full day of fun learning aimed at teachers, childminders, rangers and forest school leaders!

Rope swings, rope bridges, rope walks (in fact any rope things for creative play) and other greenwood play structures will be built, along with consideration for health & safety and risk assessments.

Based at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds, where thousands of children enjoy outdoor learning and play each year in woodland, meadow & pond settings.

Led by Jon Cree, an inspirational tutor with over 30 years’ experience as an environmental and earth educator and trainer. Jon is a Field Studies Council Trainer based at Bishops Wood Centre, with a passion for helping others ‘get in touch’ with the natural world through dynamic learning programmes and hands-on learning experiences.

We will sustain you with tea & coffee, and some very gorgeous cake from That Old Chestnut, a friendly Leeds-based bakery that uses organic ingredients 100% free from animal products. Please bring a packed lunch with you – local options are limited.

Skelton Grange is a beautiful, light eco-building set in a nature reserve with ponds, meadows, woodland, vegetable garden & fruit orchard. If the weather is inviting, you are very welcome to enjoy your lunch or cup of tea outdoors and wander…

All proceeds will go to support the great charitable work of The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre, which you can read more about on our website. You can also view other workshops & events we are planning!

Outdoor Builders, Storytellers & Markmakers

toddler throwing up autumn leaves above their head. Text about Yard Explorers over the top.

Yard Explorers twilight sessions, aimed at Foundation & Key Stage 1

The outdoor environment offers wonderful opportunities to capture children’s imaginations through simple games and targeted explorations. All the activities are adaptable to your setting and guidance handouts are included.

Outdoor Builders, Storytellers and Markmakers, March 6, 4-6pm

This workshop will demonstrate how an environment with plenty of varied spaces and resources enables children to create their own worlds. Building with larger ‘loose parts’ develops physical strength, confidence and capability for creative play, whilst using tools and natural resources making mini-worlds strengthens hands and fingers, developing the fine motor skills that help with writing formation.

Cost: £45 per person including handouts and certificate.
To book or if you have any questions, call: 07952717984 or email: yardexplorers@gmail.com

About Yard Explorers

Yard Explorers is run by Jane Wratten, a primary teacher and landscape designer with a particular interest in developing and using outdoor spaces for creative play and learning.

Yard Explorers twilight sessions: Outdoor Artists

toddler throwing up autumn leaves above their head. Text about Yard Explorers over the top.

Yard Explorers twilight sessions, aimed at Foundation & Key Stage 1

The outdoor environment offers wonderful opportunities to capture children’s imaginations through simple games and targeted explorations. All the activities are adaptable to your setting and guidance handouts are included.

Outdoor Artists, June 5, 4-6pm

Outdoor Art is sooooo exciting! You can make BIGGER and MESSIER creations than anywhere inside. This workshop will introduce a range of arty experiences using both natural materials (many available on site) as well as the more conventional ones, all used in a different way to indoors. Come dressed appropriately…!

Cost: £45 per person including handouts and certificate.
To book or if you have any questions, call: 07952717984 or email: yardexplorers@gmail.com

About Yard Explorers

Yard Explorers is run by Jane Wratten, a primary teacher and landscape designer with a particular interest in developing and using outdoor spaces for creative play and learning.

Inspiring Natural Learning Outdoors across the Curriculum

a boy holding out his hand, observing two snails on his palm

This interactive course is for all those working within early childhood. It will provide a balance of theory, lots of ideas and examples, some practical ideas to try out and lively discussion exploring why and how practitioners can ensure that young children get the best start through leading quality learning outside.

Trainer: Kathryn Solly

It will look at:

  • why outdoor learning matters
  • how to engage with natural and sustainable resources
  • making meaningful connections to the COEL and ELG
  • provide several practical outdoor experiences for you to try out and take back
  • to your setting/school.

Price

• Members £150, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £120
• Non-members £180, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £150
* NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them!
To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Book through: www.early-education.org.uk

 

Photo: Muddy Faces

Inspiring Natural Learning Outdoors across the Curriculum

a girl holding a snail, observing it

This interactive course is for all those working within early childhood. It will provide a balance of theory, lots of ideas and examples, some practical ideas to try out and lively discussion exploring why and how practitioners can ensure that young children get the best start through leading quality learning outside.

Trainer: Kathryn Solly

It will look at:

  • why outdoor learning matters
  • how to engage with natural and sustainable resources
  • making meaningful connections to the COEL and ELG
  • provide several practical outdoor experiences for you to try out and take back to your setting/school.

Price

• Members £150, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £120
• Non-members £180, or with early bird discount* (until 12 April 2019) £150
* NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! 
To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Book through: www.early-education.org.uk

 

Photo: Muddy Faces

Spring Celebrations – seasonal nature-based activities & crafts

This woodland workshop will explore ways to create simple seasonal celebrations outdoors. There will be lots of practical input and nature-based activities. Drawing on folklore, tree wisdom and the traditions of the Celtic festivals, we will also incorporate crafts using natural materials to make our own particular Spring celebration!

Please bring your own sunshine!

The course will include:
• An introduction to the celtic ‘wheel of the year’, associated folklore and festivals
• Ideas and inspiration for how nature and a range of natural resources can be used as a stimulus for exploring the seasons
• Creating & participating in our own spring celebration
• Deepen participants own connection to nature and the seasons.

This workshop is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of how the seasons can be used as a stimulus for learning and celebrating when working with all ages and abilities and/or for personal interest & understanding.

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