Play and Learn Nature Kindergarten Team

Clarkes Beach, NZ - Nature Kindergarten Team

Workshop title: The Development of Trust through Nature (workshop full)

"e;Whatever matters to human beings, trust is the atmosphere in which it thrives."e; (Bok S, 1999)
As society has become more risk adverse our trust in children has declined. Over the past few generations the opportunities for roaming, self-responsibility and judgement have decreased. Accepting children's identities means valuing them for who they are, these identities are their way of defining themselves as powerful and responsible (Ungar, 2007).
A sense of trust impacts on children's feelings of competence, capability, safety, freedom and security. This session will explore the ways in nature, we can start to trust children's own judgements to take care of their own needs and wellbeing.

Personal Bio's: This session will be presented by members of our Nature Kindergarten Team.
Jo Luff is a qualified ECE teacher with a passion for the outdoors. She grew up climbing trees and making forts and wants to provide these opportunities for all children. She facilitates the Long Bay nature kindergarten which operates each day 9-3 in Long Bay Regional Park. She also operates an outdoor nature school holiday programme for Conscious Kids
Janie Sharma is a trained, experienced Forest School teacher from Germany. After working in Walderkindergarten for several years she has made her way to Aoteoroa and for the past two years has facilitated nature programmes at Long Bay and Cornwall Park.
Kerri Iwaskow is a very experienced, qualified ECE teacher. She has a passion for the outdoors and for art. She has been leading nature programmes at Play and Learn for over 15 years and currently facilitates a Nature Programme at Cornwall Park.
Emily Beatson is a qualified teacher - ECE, Primary and Forest Schools and has worked with children for over 20 years. She is passionate about children learning in the outdoors and has toured Forest Schools in Denmark and the U.K. She currently facilitates a centre extension Nature Programme at Clevedon Reserve.

Play and Learn Nature Kindergarten Team