Nature Play Space workshops will provide you with the tools to transform your outdoor play space to a nature play space at your school, educational centre, park or community space, or for your own business. They're aimed at grown-ups from schools, kindergartens or daycare centres, local government, community organisations and community activists, landscape architectures and more!
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Workshop 17 August
LOOSE PARTS NATURE PLAY WORKSHOP
Hands on fun and learning about the benefits of loose parts nature play
WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF THIS WORKSHOP:
- You will learn about the benefits of ‘loose parts nature playing’ to children and how you can facilitate this valuable type of play in your centre, school or neighbourhood park.
- You will experience the fun of playing with loose parts and discuss the issues around finding, using and maintaining material.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
People who would like to start facilitating nature based loose parts play for children in their neighbourhood, workplace, centre or school including:
Local Government Officers in parks and reserve management, Outdoor Recreation Officers, Local Government and Private play space designers and landscape architects, Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Centre Coordinators, Kindergarten Coordinators, School Principals and Teachers, School Grounds and Maintenance Officers, Bush Care Volunteers, Other Supportive Community Organisations.
Hilary Webb & Jon Webb - Everton Park Child Care & Development Centre
Lucy Ada & Todd Ada - Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care
Hyahno Moser - Nature Play QLD
When: Friday 17 August
9am to 3:30pm
Where: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
230 Ashmore Rd,
Benowa, QLD 4217
Cost: $200 pp (inc GST)
Morning Tea & Lunch Provided (nominate diet requirements upon registration)
Bring: Hat. Sun screen, water and wear clothes for play
Hilary Webb & Jon Webb from Everton Park Childcare and Development Centre.
Everton Park Childcare and Development Centre is a small suburban long day care centre in Brisbane that has achieved the rating of excellence from ACCEQA. We have a fantastic natural outdoor environment that is run as a ‘toy’ free environment utilizing loose parts play, tool use and physical play over traditional toys. Hilary, a qualified Early Childhood teacher, has been the director of the centre for the last five years and Jon, a Diploma and Forest School qualified, has been the dedicated outdoor educator for over three years now. Both Hilary and Jon have been the driving force behind the push to incorporate more loose parts throughout the centre especially in the outdoor environment.
“Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care is a large, P&C Operated service, with a current capacity of 195 children. We aim to enrich the children’s lives by introducing to them life skills, knowledge and experiences that go beyond their school learning. Our programming philosophy is heavily guided by the principals and practices outlined within the Playwork and Loose Parts philosophy. A key goal for us at Camp Hill OSHC is giving the children the opportunity to take risks, problem solve and take on responsibility in order for them to gain a sense of agency and learn natural consequences in a secure environment.
Todd Ada – Todd Ada is the Service Manager at Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care and has worked within the Childcare and School Age Care industry for over 10 years. Todd completed his Bachelors of Education Degree in Primary and Middle School in 2007 and has worked as a Manager of Camp Hill OSHC since 2009. He is also currently studying a certificate in Playwork and is passionate about children’s development and growth and the important role that play has in developing the wholistic child. As a Service Manager and Nominated Supervisor of the service, Todd understands the many complexities of the industry and the barriers that we all face but is excited with the way he sees the industry heading.
Lucy Ada – Lucy Ada is the Staffing Manager at Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care and has worked within the Childcare and School Age Care industry for over 10 years. Lucy has completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts, Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and her certificate in Play Work and begun working at Camp Hill in early 2009. Lucy’s original role within the service was a on the floor educator. In 2014 Lucy was appointed Staffing Manager and has played a significant role in the services implementation of the Play Working principles. Lucy’s main goal is to pass on her passion and knowledge for Playwork to fellow staff members.”
Hyahno Moser - Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through world-class, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno is passionate about nature play and believes the Nature Play program is a positive and practical way to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their physical and emotional health.