Early Years Series

Play Australia Early Years Learning Series, Term Three

 

Play Australia is delighted to have received funding from Warrawong Professional Learning Grants, to develop and deliver an online series specifically for early childhood educators.

This specialised online training series will provide professional development to early years educators that highlights the need to increase opportunities for outdoor programing and planning for nature-based play and environmental sustainability awareness.

The series will bring specialist presenters right to your desk, to share their expertise and passion for early childhood education! The sessions will focus on the connection between outdoor play and the healthy physical and mental development of young children today. Developed for educators who work with children every day, each session will provide practical strategies to support their daily work.

But really, it is for everyone who has an interest in supporting the best outdoor play environments and programming for children!

The series comprises five sessions each school term. Sessions are scheduled every fortnight predominantly on Mondays and Thursdays, at 4pm. This is to provide access for as many educators as possible.

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Story telling in nature - connecting children with the land and First Peoples culture, with Karen Anderson


In this session, Karen will share her story telling experiences and techniques when teaching the nature program with children at Balnarring Preschool. Bring your imagination and own story telling skills to gain the most from this session.

Karen has been a kindergarten teacher at Balnarring Preschool since 1984. She established Living and Learning with nature, embedding First Peoples perspective and philosophy, which involves learning with Country once a week at the Balnarring foreshore.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Story telling in nature – connecting children with the land and First Peoples cultures

Monday 01 August 2022

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST)

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST)

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST)  

 

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Let's talk about inclusion!


Kim is the Head of Inclusive Play at Touched by Olivia and will lead the conversation on what ‘inclusion’ really means. What does this look like? What resources do you already have at your disposal? How can we lay the foundations for inclusive, fun outdoor play sessions for our little ones.

Kim champions the voices of children and families and prizes the importance of play for all children. Her expertise lies in community-led projects, inclusive engagement and inclusive play space design, delivery & activation.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Let's talk about inclusion!

Wednesday 10 August 2022

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST)

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST)

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST)

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia, Early Years PD, The Empowerment of Loose Parts Play in the Primary School Years: The Hidden Link for Children’s Development?


Brendon’s play research commenced over a decade ago, when the ‘Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play’ (LEAP) intervention research from his PhD was released. This session will discuss some of the primary school-age findings and insights relating to loose parts provisions that have emerged from his educational research.

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an Associate Professor of Education and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Education (FOAE) at Charles Sturt University. He is a qualified school teacher with postgraduate qualifications in higher education teaching and leadership, alongside a PhD investigating the play influences on primary and secondary school children from RMIT University in Melbourne.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

The Empowerment of Loose Parts Play in the Primary School Years: The Hidden Link for Children’s Development?

Thursday 11 August 2022

11:00am-12:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST)

10:30am-11:30am ADL, DRW (ACST)

9:00am-10:00am PER (AWST)

 

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Nurturing yourself with and in nature: Self-care for educators with Tania Moloney


Nature and play nurture children in so many ways - but often as educators, we may forget to make time for the little things that can nurture our own wellbeing too. In this practical and interactive session, Tania will help you explore how nature and play can be a powerful ally in nurturing your wellbeing.

Through Tania’s programs she helps educators, parents and others who care deeply for connecting kids and nature to grow their knowledge and skills so they feel confident and supported in their nature-inspired teaching and learning practice.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Nurturing yourself with and in nature: Self-care for Educators

Monday 22 August 2022

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST) 

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST) 

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST) 

 

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Nature play, what it is and what it isn't, with Mary Jeavons


Nature play is a hot topic in play space conversation today. Mary will unpack what it is, and what it isn’t! She will discuss the fundamentals of nature play in early childhood centres and the important issues in design and management that help foster nature play for young children.

Mary is a landscape architect with more than 30 years’ experience in planning, design and advocacy for outdoor play spaces in all types of settings- early childhood centres, schools, public parks and play spaces and therapeutic spaces.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Nature play: What it is...and what it isn't

Wednesday 31 August 2022

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST) 

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST) 

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST) 

 

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Is sustainability just being outdoors, with Dr Sue Elliott

*POSTPONED* 

Due to illness, Dr Elliott's session has now been postponed until October. All registrants will be notified of the new date shortly. 


A common misconception is that being outdoors equates to being sustainable, yet sustainability is much more complex. The intent of this session is to provoke some questioning and provide strategies to deepen understandings of the links between sustainability, education for sustainability and outdoor play spaces.

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Is sustainability just about being outdoors? Possibilities for early years and school outdoor play spaces

Thursday 08 September 2022

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST)

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST)

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST)  

 

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This session is now closed

Play Australia, Early Years PD, Maintenance requirements for early years outdoor play areas


The outdoor program is not an optional add-on to a 'main' indoor program, but an essential key component of every service for young children. It is a requirement as detailed in the National Quality Standards and regular playspace maintenance is essential for every early years’ service.

This one-day program will focus on the risk management requirements and Australian Standards for the management and maintenance of outdoor play spaces in supervised early learning services in Australia.

Your presenters are highly qualified and experienced practitioners in playspace and equipment design and risk management.

Read more about Alison Curtis and Barb Champion

Recommended for: Contractors, staff, parents, Early Years Management and owners / operators of licensed children’s services. 
 

Maintenance Requirements for Early Years Outdoor Play Areas

Wednesday 5 October 2022

10:00am-1:30pm

Where:

Westerfolds Park, Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe, VIC

Cost:

$165.00 (inc gst) per Play Australia Member
$250.00 (inc gst) per non-member

Morning tea provided, spaces limited

 

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Click here to register for Maintenance Requirements for Early Years Outdoor Play Areas