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

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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 – except in 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.


This program has been approved for accreditation within the ACT for 2023.
Please be advised you will be accredited within 14 days of completion.  


Krista Nisi
 is the Head Writer at Cool Australia and brings over 15 years of experiencing working in education, tertiary and local government. She holds a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) from the University of Melbourne. Krista looks for innovative ways to involve young people in early learning and school education by helping them explore, think about and engage with the world around them.



Interviews with Dimity Williams

Dr Dimity Williams is a family physician with an interest in children’s medicine. 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!"