9:00 AM09:00

Tips for backyard nature play

Looking for ways to provide more outside play opportunities for your children or children in your care? This 2 hour workshop will give you ideas for nature-based play opportunities in a backyard setting. We'll talk about recommended plants and loose parts materials, share ideas about where to source these from and how to create opportunities for children to connect with nature in a backyard setting. There will also be time to share what you're doing and learn from others. Limited to 15 people. Held at Avebury House in Richmond, Christchurch.

A very informative and passionate teacher, who completely understands the relationship between children and nature. A brilliant workshop, offering great suggestions to incorporate natural play, into your own outdoor space and excellent value for money.

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Niki Buchan Natural Learning workshops
9:00 AM09:00

Niki Buchan Natural Learning workshops

Woodland Escape is pleased to host international expert, Niki Buchan, for two workshops in Christchurch, catering to educators and others working with children from the ages of 4-8 years of age. Interested parents/caregivers are also welcome to register. Each workshop is $95. If you book both the morning and afternoon session then lunch will be provided. Workshops are held at Avebury House in Richmond. Please follow this link for registration.

Morning session - Building Resilience in Nature 5 spaces left for this workshop
Taking risks, choosing and accepting challenges are all part of building and increasing resilience in our children. Mental health concerns such as anxiety, ADHD, depression and trauma are on the increase in even our youngest children. In this motivational session we will share the researched therapeutic and healing benefits of children spending time in nature as well as the vital importance of the educator as the enabling, supporting and nurturing adult. We will explore the benefits of risk and strategies to help differentiate the bad from the good hazards and risks to be able to support acceptable risk, not just physical risk but also emotional and social risk. This will enable children to build resilience and become confident and capable risk assessors and risk takers both in the outdoor and the indoor environments.

Afternoon session - STEAM 7 spaces left in this workshop
Science, technology, engineering, maths as well as the arts, creativity, literacy, research and so much more happens when children of all ages are provided with a rich play environment. In this session we will explore how adults can provide such enriched environments physically as well as through adult interactions and time. We will look at simple, meaningful documentation with and for children rather than ‘about’ children where educators identify the learning and development observed in children’s play and make the importance of such play visible.

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