Getting into the Bush - Teaching Outside - Byron Bay
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (AEST)
What’s it all about?
Natural environments and materials provide amazing opportunities for young children to encounter and explore their world. Wonder, curiosity, empathy and joy are just some of the qualities of the experience that arise when children enter into relationships with the wider natural world they are a part of and as educators we would struggle to design an environment that is as rich, as stimulating, as complex as the natural world around us. Increasingly the idea of bush kindys - where children and educators venture out beyond the boundaries of the service into nature parks and bushland - have taken off in Australia, inspired by the forest kindy movement in northern Europe. Come on a journey to explore and discover the practicalities and possibilities behind this approach, and identify how it might work for you and your children in your own setting.
- Explore principles and practices of bush, park and natural settings
- Identify practical strategies for working in bush settings
- Critically reflect on the theory behind natural play and identify its educational value
- Unpack case studies and practical examples
Presenter’s Biography – Stephen Gallen
Stephen Gallen has over 26 years’ experience in the ECEC sector as a teacher and educator, consultant, presenter and leader. He has taught and worked across SAC, home based care, kindergarten and primary school, but his primary focus has been in long day care, including over twelve years as a contact educator. He has consulted and presented for Workforce Council, Gowrie Qld, TAFE, QUT, C&K and many other organisations. Some of his main interests include pedagogy and documentation, empowering educators and children, and social justice and inclusion.
Stephen also specialises in Educational program and practice, Documenting children's learning, Critical reflection, Diversity, Inclusion, Social justice, Children's agency and rights, Relationships with children, Designing learning environments, Empowering and motivating teams and individuals, Action research.
When & Where
Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.
Since we were founded in 1992, the Workforce Council has supported the health and community services industry to meet their current and future workforce needs, and has developed into one of Queensland’s leading industry workforce bodies.
We enjoy a reputation as an inclusive and active peak body that delivers insightful, informed and intelligent support in workforce insights, strategy and capability.
Our team cares about the industry and has helped thousands of people to make positive improvements in their day-to-day work practices across a range of disciplines and skill-sets.
Over more than two decades, the Workforce Council has developed unique and effective expertise which is underpinned by a truly collaborative approach and deep connections with industry, community and government.
We enhance the important work being done by health and community services workers throughout Queensland who provide essential services that make our communities healthier, more liveable and cohesive.
Our vibrant industry faces increasing pressure to meet the needs of communities, families and individuals right across Queensland. The Workforce Council provides practical support and sense of connection, helping you and our industry as a whole to work well together.