102 learners taking this course
This course will help you get children learning outside in lots of different ways – Helen
Loved this course! Everything is backed up with research and there are some great ideas – Sophie
I enjoyed learning in different ways – videos, stories, resources and time in nature – Carolyn
Get your children outside and enjoying the many benefits of nature play. In this course, you will learn:
- What nature play is and why it’s important.
- How to use a nature play teaching approach.
- How nature play supports the EYLF and NQS.
- How to include nature play in your learning programs.
- How to manage risk and talk to families.
This course supports the Early Years Learning Framework:
- Outcome 2, Component 4 – Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
- Outcome 3, Component 2 – Children take increasing responsibility for their health and physical wellbeing
- Outcome 4, Component 4 – Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
This course supports the National Quality Standard:
- 2.2.2 – Physical activity is promoted through planned and spontaneous experiences and is appropriate for each child
- 3.2.1 – Outdoor and indoor spaces are designed and organised to engage every child in quality experiences in both built and natural environments
- 3.3.2 – Children are supported to become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment
This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:
Graduate Teacher – all states and territories except ACT
2.1.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
3.3.1 Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except for ACT
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except for ACT and NSW
2.1.3 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and Critical and Creative Thinking.
3.4.3 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
In NSW, Cool Australia is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.
Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.
Interviews with Dimity Williams
Dr Dimity Williams specialises in children’s medicine and paediatrics. She is also the Biodiversity Convener for Doctors for the Environment Australia, which seeks to protect health through care of the environment.
As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.