Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network’s Training Packages 

Training Package 3
Monday 26th July and Monday 9th August 2021 
Melbourne Gardens 

This training has been designed to assist teachers and educators who are interested in taking children into nature or who are looking for support to strengthen their existing programs. Presented by leaders and pioneers in the field of Australian early childhood nature programs - Doug Fargher, Lisa Coxon and Karen Anderson - the program is held over 3 sessions, including a site visit to a nature kindergarten in action. 

Program Outline 

Day One Outline (held at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens) – Introduction  
Introduction to nature kindergarten including discussion of: 

  • How nature programs align with the NQF, VEYLDF and EYLF 
  • How Children Services Regulations can be adhered to 
  • The role of philosophy and pedagogy 
  • Practical considerations for developing an offsite program 

Day Two Outline – Site Visit. Visit a nature kindergarten program in action. Choose one of three visits: 

  • Westgarth Bush Kinder - Doug - Wednesday  
  • Minimbah Creek - Lisa - Thursday  
  • Balnarring Living & Learning with Nature program - Karen  

Day Three Outline (held at either the Melbourne or Cranbourne Gardens) – Get down to work  
A session for planning and writing, tailored to your needs and your service. 

  • Reflect on site visits 
  • Step through benefit/risk assessment development 
  • Work through our template to guide individual program development 

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