When: Wednesday, 28th November 2018
What Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm AEST
Where: Online - join via your computer!
Your Hosts: Niki Buchan
Cost: Member - Complimentary, Non-Member - $20.00
About the Webinar
Research evidences that children of all ages benefit from being in a natural environment on multiple levels including increased levels of wellbeing and overall cognitive development. In Australia, bush schools/kindy have become popular and there are now many children benefiting from spending increasing amounts of time in wild nature including primary school children. This presentation shall explore some of the benefits of working with children of all ages in nature, the importance of supporting children in taking risks and self-risk assessing, the concepts of benefit risk assessments as well as dynamic risk assessments, the role of elements, such as fire and water, in nature-based practice, evidencing children's learning and development in a nature-based program, Australian regulations and nature-based practice, examples of Australian nature-based pedagogy through video and photographs, how individual settings can introduce this pedagogy, and documenting children's learning and development in the outdoors.
Age range taught: Toddlers - Grade Three
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 1,2,3,4,5
NQS Quality Areas: 1,2,3,5,6
With a biomedical background, she has lived and worked in South Africa and Scotland and has been calling Australia home since 2011. She is passionate about the environment, animals and the people of Australia. Niki has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 35 years.
\She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. Niki has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children's right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children's mental health and trauma. She trusts children as being capable and competent including their ability to assess and take their own risks. Niki believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. She is considered a leading voice in promoting Nature-based practice and is the author of "Children in Wild Nature", "A Practical Approach to Nature-based Practice" and "Adventurous Play" with a STEM book in the pipeline.