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.

Messy Maths with Juliet Robertson

Get real, get messy, get maths, get outside. Come and spend a wonderful day in the woods, with Juliet Robertson, the author of the multi-award winning book, Messy Maths. Together you will explore the five “R’s” of Messy Maths:

Rights – every child is mathematical and has the right to have learn about and explore maths.
Routines – embedding key maths concepts into your daily routines.
Resources – open-ended, low cost materials which can be used in lots of different ways with different ages and abilities of children.
Responsibilities of the adults – how to follow children’s lead and articulate the learning which happens through a play-based approach. It also includes ways of involving families in developing a child’s love of maths.
Re-imagining your outdoor space – developing maths-rich provision in any outdoor space be this a concrete jungle, woodland paradise or something else.

Date: 21st May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120. If you are attending the Literacy Day also, the fee is £220 for the two days.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Lighting the Literacy Fire with Juliet Robertson

Come and spend a busy, happy day with Juliet Robertson, exploring literacy outside. Together, we:

Explore the practicalities of developing any outdoor space as a literacy-rich environment on a shoestring budget using natural materials and sustainable approaches.
Look at approaches to ensuring your children become prolific mark makers outside using a range of creative approaches and through careful attention to their physical development.
Consider the joy of facilitating many contexts for listening and talking.
Ensure that a range of texts and narratives are an everyday part of your outdoor practice.

Date: 22nd May 2020.
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £120 or £220 if booking Messy Maths also.
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Forest School Level 1 Award: Introduction to Forest School Principles

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During a forest schools, learners spend regular time in a woodland environment outdoors leading their own learning through activities such as fire-lighting, using tools to create wooden objects, den making, creative activities and lots of games. Creating a fun, supportive environment and giving children exciting, achievable tasks, enables them to succeed and build confidence and self-esteem, and develop new skills which support their learning back in the classroom.”

We have been running Forest School programmes at Scotswood Garden for 10 years and delivering training for the last 6 years. We are the only Forest School Association recognised provider in Tyne and Wear, and we recently won a national Outdoor Learning Award for our Breeze Forest School programme.

Dates: 26th, 27th March, 2nd April 2020 (learners will need to attend all 3 days)
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost: £260

More details can be found on our website: https://scotswoodgarden.org.uk/learn/forest-school-training-newcastle

Please share this info in your networks and with anyone you think might be interested.
If you want to discuss the training please feel free to get in touch with Harriet@sncg.org.uk

Feedback from course participants:
“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner.”

Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership

Forest School Training at Scotswood Garden

“During a forest schools, learners spend regular time in a woodland environment outdoors leading their own learning through activities such as fire-lighting, using tools to create wooden objects, den making, creative activities and lots of games. Creating a fun, supportive environment and giving children exciting, achievable tasks, enables them to succeed and build confidence and self-esteem, and develop new skills which support their learning back in the classroom.”

We have been running Forest School programmes at Scotswood Garden for 10 years and delivering training for the last 6 years. We are the only Forest School Association recognised provider in Tyne and Wear, and we recently won a national Outdoor Learning Award for our Breeze Forest School programme.

Level 3 Forest School Programme Leadership course:
Dates 2020: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th October
Dates 2021: 18th, 19th March; 24th, 25th June; 1st, 2nd July
Learners need to attend all 10 days of training
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Cost: £790; includes one year’s membership to the Forest School Association

More details can be found on our website: https://scotswoodgarden.org.uk/learn/forest-school-training-newcastle

Please share this info in your networks and with anyone you think might be interested.
If you want to discuss the training please feel free to get in touch with Harriet@sncg.org.uk

Feedback from course participants:
“An absolutely amazing journey that has opened my eyes, mind and soul to the benefits of Forest School”

“The trainers had a fantastic ability to put people at ease and support them on this incredible journey”

“The approach was very in keeping with the course and the content”

“Taught in a clear, supportive manner.”

Festival of Outdoor Learning 2020

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A great CPD opportunity for outdoor professionals, teachers, youth workers or anyone with an interest in the outdoors. Celebrating 14 years in 2020.

The Festival takes place at Hollowford providing a wide mix of workshops and informal networking that will give you plenty of new ideas both conceptual and practical. Workshops range from needle felting to stand up paddleboarding – so something for everyone!

Tickets are now available to purchase:

  • Full festival ticket at £110 each
    Choice of 4 workshops over the weekend (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday) Includes complimentary accommodation from Friday evening (arrivals from 5.30pm) and meals from Saturday breakfast through to Sunday lunch. Refreshments available throughout.
  • Saturday only ticket at £65 each
    Choice of 2 workshops on Saturday. Includes complimentary lunch and evening meal. Refreshments available throughout.
  • Sunday only ticket at £55 each
    Choice of 2 workshops on Sunday. Includes complimentary lunch. Refreshments available throughout.

Accommodation is provided for the Full Festival Ticket holders in shared-bunk bedded ensuite rooms. Bedding is provided, however please bring your own towels and toiletries.

Food is not available Friday evening. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the village should you like to visit them.  A bar will be available at Hollowford on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Some of the workshops will be outside. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the time of year and weather.  Workshops on Saturday will start at 10am and on Sunday at 9.15am.

L2 Outdoor Learning

This two day course is designed to get you teaching outdoors. You will experience practical low cost outdoor activities linked to the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum. You will understand the benefits of holistic outdoor learning and understand the environmental impacts. You will plan and prepare sessions, identify where these can take place and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved. You will need to deliver 2 outdoor learning sessions as part of this qualification, so you will need to have a group and site identified.

This course is assessed by portfolio and usually takes 6 months to complete. This course is 5 credits and you will cover the following units;

Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Entry requirements

Aged 16 years or over.
Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE).
Current DBS Check.
A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.

8 & 9 June 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

L3 Coordinating an Outdoor Curriculum

LEVEL 3 AWARD IN COORDINATING AN OUTDOOR CURRICULUM
This four day course is designed for those who are championing outdoor learning within their organisation. You will understand the background of outdoor learning and conduct a review of research & practice in recent years. You will audit existing provision and practice, create procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy. You will understand site planning, sustainable management and be able to plan year round programmes. You will need to have a site and group identified as you will be expected to implement your outdoor learning programme.

Please note that you can only complete this course if you have completed the L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice, or attend the L2 course as part of this L3 qualification.

This course is assessed bu portfolio and usually takes 9 – 12 months to complete. This course is 10 credits and you will cover the following units;

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator
Entry Qualifications Required

Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc.
Established link with a client group and at least two years experience with client groups
19 years or over at the start of the course.
First Aid Qualification and DBS strongly advised
Dates 8th , 9th, 15th and 16th June 2020

Location: Howe Park Education Centre Milton Keynes, Tattenhoe Ln, Tattenhoe MK4 3GG

L2 Outdoor Learning

LEVEL 2 AWARD IN OUTDOOR LEARNING PRACTICE (QCF)
This two day course is designed to get you teaching outdoors. You will experience practical low cost outdoor activities linked to the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculum. You will understand the benefits of holistic outdoor learning and understand the environmental impacts. You will plan and prepare sessions, identify where these can take place and be able to identify the hazards and risks involved. You will need to deliver 2 outdoor learning sessions as part of this qualification, so you will need to have a group and site identified.

This course is assessed by portfolio and usually takes 6 months to complete. This course is 5 credits and you will cover the following units;

Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Entry requirements

Aged 16 years or over.
Level 1 qualification or equivalent (1 GCSE).
Current DBS Check.
A suitable First Aid qualification is useful to complement this course.
Cost £270

16 & 17 November 2020.

L3 Coordinating an Outdoor Curriculum

LEVEL 3 AWARD IN COORDINATING AN OUTDOOR CURRICULUM

This four day course is designed for those who are championing outdoor learning within their organisation. You will understand the background of outdoor learning and conduct a review of research & practice in recent years. You will audit existing provision and practice, create procedures and best practice guidelines for making outdoor learning part of a whole school educational strategy. You will understand site planning, sustainable management and be able to plan year round programmes. You will need to have a site and group identified as you will be expected to implement your outdoor learning programme.

Please note that you can only complete this course if you have completed the L2 Award in Outdoor Learning Practice, or attend the L2 course as part of this L3 qualification.

This course is assessed bu portfolio and usually takes 9 – 12 months to complete. This course is 10 credits and you will cover the following units;

Supporting Learning, Play and Development in the Outdoors
Observation and Evaluation of Outdoor Learning
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator
Entry Qualifications Required

Level 2 Qualification or appropriate experience in education, youth work, childcare etc.
Established link with a client group and at least two years experience with client groups
19 years or over at the start of the course.
First Aid Qualification and DBS strongly advised
Cost £600

Dates 16th, 17th , 23rd, 24th Nov