Teach Nature Play

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 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 will take you 2 hours to complete. Enjoy it in one session or spread it out over a few weeks. You will have ongoing access.


This course is on-demand and for private study. Learn at your own pace and at times that suit you. Get a certificate when you finish.


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:

Proficient Teacher – all states and territories except NSW
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 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.

    This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.

NSW Government Waratah Logo Completing Teach Nature Play will contribute 2 hours and 0 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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.

Reviews for Teach Nature Play

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"Our school is using playbased learning within the Kindergarten curriculum and we are already seeing the benefits of this type of play. Nature play gives us the opportunity to take it to the next level and see where it takes our students. The course was hands on and easily achievable , with relevant research and clearly stated benefits. I can' wait to begin exploring Nature Play with my Kindergarten class!"