Nature Kindergartens: making a start
8 Feb 2012, Half day morning
It is widely accepted that unstructured outdoor play improves children’s physical and emotional development, mental well being, social skills and opportunities for creative learning.
Between 2006 and 2008 almost eighty nature kindergartens were developed in schools in Fife where children go out into woodland, forest or foreshore on a regular basis.
At the end of the day participants will go home determined to make something happen, and confident of their ability to do it!
Transforming Early Years Spaces on a Shoestring
8 Feb 2012, Half day afternoon
A quality environment for children’s development cannot just be bought ‘off the peg’. Enriching children’s learning environments takes careful planning and consideration of the whole needs of the child both physical and emotional. A balance between simply providing new equipment on a regular basis and integrating this within a philosophy of development is required. The tutor is was pre-school education coordinator at Fife Council.
This half-day workshop will give participants an understanding of what is, and what is not, required to provide rich and meaningful early years experiences, and provide ideas as to how to achieve this.
The tutor – Chris Miles
Chris was a Nursery School Headteacher for twenty years, and Pre School Education Coordinator for Fife Council Education Service for eight years. During both these careers aspects of her work attracted national attention. She maintains an involvement in Nature Kindergartens through her chairing role in the Forest Schools Group within the Forestry Commission, and is in demand for consultancy and training work across Scotland, on a variety of issues involving early education. Chris was recently awards an MBE for services to Education and Young People.
Further information or to book, please visit us online at http://www.childreninscotland.org.uk/training or contact us by telephone on 0131 222 2446.
Early bird rates are currently available from £45 for one workshop or £85 for both.