Nature to Nurture CPD
We are opening up our setting to welcome visitors to our award winning nursery to learn about our approach to education. The N2N Approach will give you an insight into how the natural environment can be used as a strategy to support children with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disability. We will share how the Early Years Foundation Stage is delivered by using a minimalistic approach and why the ‘less is more’ is advantageous to children’s development. Our knowledge of attachment and the developing brain has helped us to create a gentle approach to children’s transitions so that children settle into the nursery with ease. Furthermore, our interactions play an integral part in developing children’s emotional intelligence and we will share with you the strategies we use to do this.
We have spent the past two years going deeper into our practice so as to understand the importance of Nature and Nurture on children’s development and we welcome you to spend the day learning about our ethos.
Structure of the day
8.45am – 12 pm – The first part of the morning will be spent understanding the theory behind what we do so that when we venture onto the site with the children, I will be able to demonstrate the theory in practice.
12-1pm – Lunch is provided and will be cooked on the campfire which will give us the opportunity to reflect on our morning and ask any questions that may be Ofsted related. Please write any questions you may have prior to coming.
1-3pm The afternoon will be spent learning the skills required to make the equipment that we use to support the sensory foundational systems of children.
3-4pm We will finish around the campfire and reflect on what we have learned throughout the day.
Price £125 per person and this intimate gathering will be limited to 10. Refunds will be given up to 7 days before the event.
Thursday 14th June
Tuesday 10th July
Wednesday 15th August
Each person that books on will receive a free copy of the N2N Approach practical guide.
What to bring-
Please ensure you have applied insect repellant prior to coming, even under clothing. Waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear as we never know what the weather is going to be like. Camera and notepad and pen as well as snacks and drinks.
Nature to Nurture LTD, Croxteth Country Park, Flint Dr, Liverpool L12 0HA – If you type Nature to Nurture into google it will give you the directions straight to our site.
For those coming on public transport, you will need to get the 18a to stand farm within the Croxteth Park estate. As you get off the bus you will see Stand farm nursery in front of you – turn left and head towards the zebra crossing, cross over and you will see a small entrance with a long path down it, this is the entrance to the park. Follow it for about 5 minutes until you come to a grade 2 listed cottage on your left-hand side. This is us.
The nearest hotel is the Travelodge on the East Lancashire Rd L119DH, however, we have a magnificent city to explore which is a 20-25 minute drive or a 30-minute bus journey to where we are, if you were to stay there.
Outdoor Play in the Early Years Training
- Do you have staff who may need encouragement when it comes to taking children outdoors and would benefit from a session of outdoor play in the woods?
- Are you looking for some new ideas that are cost effective?
- Could your staff team benefit from some team building?
- Do you want to know how to use the outdoors as a strategy for children with SEN?
If you work within Early Years then as a practitioner you want to be able to do the best for your key children and support them in ways that meets their needs. This training will provide you with a range of ideas that you can take back to your settings to support the needs of your children.
The EYFS states that children must have daily opportunities outdoors and we as practitioners need to be finding ways of supporting those children who learn best when outside.
We are seeing a rise in children with additional needs and partly as a result of the sedentary lifestyle that many children are now leading. This is having a huge impact on their development and attainment when they get to school. School readiness is not a term I am in favour of, but we can provide practical solutions that will support children’s development and enable them to be ‘school ready’.
Our training combines team building and activities that will support practitioners in their roles and will give them fresh new ideas to support children outdoors. It is also a chance for grown ups to relax, unwind and have fun with their work colleagues.
Discussion takes place with regards to aspects of Forest School but it will focus more on how the outdoors can be taken back to the nursery setting. We shall explore the differences that real experiences can have for children’s imagination and look at extending practitioner’s thinking when it comes to planning within the EYFS.
Through team building exercises, staff will gain a deeper understanding of how the outdoors impacts on our relationships and finally we will look at cost effective resources to do outdoors.
Activities that may take place include:
Team building games
Forest School activities
Strategies to support SEN
Imaginative Play and Story Telling
Cost effective ideas
Toasting Marshmallows on the campfire
Half day session from 9.30-12.30 is £300 for 15 people any additional staff up to 25 is charged at £25pp
Full day session from 9.30 – 2.30 is £500 for 15 people any additional staff up to 25 is charged at £25pp (This includes a campfire lunch for everyone).
Thanks again, we all had a brilliant time. There have been some issues of conflict in the team recently and the nursery as a whole has been through some changes, which have been hard for everyone to cope with, but having the chance to be together and have fun, was just the therapy we needed. Instead of the usual Monday morning blues, everyone came in this morning chatting happily about the lovely time they had and laughing about falling down ditches, getting trapped in hammocks and dressing up ready for our show. The babies have already been on a trip to the woods this morning, and staff have come in with a shopping list of things they will need to enable us to get started. I don’t mean resources and equipment because I know they understand that what really makes a difference is the free stuff, but things like a double buggy to get the younger children to the woods in the first place.
It was a lovely time to reflect, get back in touch with what we want for the children and ourselves and to understand really how lucky we are to live in the area that we do.