Our Latest Workshop for Educators

Bush creature creations

Its time to share the learning from The International Association of Nature Pedagogy Conference. (SA May 17) 

During this series of three experiential workshops we will discuss and explore the many benefits of children being exposed to natural open ended experiences that make the senses and imagination soar. 
Linked to EYLF and MTOP Outcomes
The idea is that you will then be empowered to share these experiences with your children.

The series will commence on the 27th June with the next dates being 24th July and 21st August.

The series will need to be booked and paid for prior to the 26th June to ensure your place. If you would like an invoice for the whole series to be sent to you please email angie@kidshubtc.com.au 

We will have limited spaces due to the hands on component of this style of learning.

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Introduction to Mindfulness

This introduction session explores

- what is Mindfulness (and what its not!)
- the evidence based research of the benefits of Mindfulness
- the brain science of Mindfulness (the amazing ways it can change the structure of the brain, at any age!)
- how this brain change can help us react less, yell less, and become calmer with our children and their behaviour
- how Mindfulness can be applied for positive outcomes for everyone - as a parent, as an Educator (teaching children as well as ourselves), in the workplace
- how Mindfulness strategies can assist children or young adults in managing anxiety, stress and emotional outbursts.

This will be facilitated by Kate Foster, a qualified Family Counsellor, who has completed Accredited therapy training in the application of evidence based Mindfulness strategies. 
Kate also holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

This session will be held on the 26th of June, from 6:15pm - 8:30pm, at City Hive, 184 Marine Tce.

Please bring a pillow and blanket, 

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The Environment as the Third Teacher

*Quality Area 1-Educational program & practice
*Quality Area 3 – Physical Environment

*Quality Area 5 –Relationships with children

*Quality 6 – Collaborative partnerships with family and community

Time to pay thoughtful attention on how to create an environment that enables children to develop relationships with the world around them, themselves and each other.

We will discuss how to create a welcoming, nurturing, home like environment. We will also look at materials and resources that can be used that don’t cost the earth.

The Outdoor Environment as an effective learning tool

*Quality Area 1- Educational program & practice

*Quality Area 3- Physical Environment

The principle of environment as the third teacher can - and should - be applied just as readily outside as the inside environment, by placing value on aesthetics, organization, thoughtfulness, provocation, communication and interaction.

  Unravelling the mystery of Cultural Competence

*Quality Area 6 – Collaborative partnerships with families and community

We will explore the distinctions between culture, valuing cultural diversity and cultural competence, in order to support educator’s thinking and practices.  We will look at how you can apply this to your service and make changes.

Collaborative partnerships with your families

*Quality Area 6 - Collaborative partnerships with families and community

Children learn and develop best when they are part of a community.Connecting with the families that use your service is critical – This workshop will look at ideas and strategies on how to engage your families.


Open Ended Learning

*Quality Area 1- Educational program & practice

*Quality Area 3- Physical Environment

Lets explore deliberate and thoughtful decisions made by Educators to extend the ideas of the children.  Educators provide materials, media, and general direction as needed, but the children take the ideas where they want. This allows children to develop skills of creativity, inventiveness and flexibility in thinking, planning and reflecting.

Beyond Compost and worm farms


*Quality Area 1

*Quality Area 3

Early childhood is a critical time for environmental education.

Learn how you can ensure that children have opportunities to:

  • ƒ  collaborate and respond to environmental challenges, such as water usage 

  • ƒ  strengthen their sense of agency through ‘real work’

  • ƒ  enact their rights to make decisions about daily environmental issues.

oth children and educators can learn to notice and respond to changes in natural settings and collaborate to create sustainable outdoor learning environments. 

We will review, discuss and evaluate your services current sustainability practice.

Creative pebbles made during workshop

Creative pebbles made during workshop

Early Childhood Resource Making

*Quality Area 1- Educational program & practice

*Quality Area 3 – Physical environment

This is a hands on workshop that involves discussion around the importance of providing home-made sustainable resources for the children

Participants will have the opportunity to plan and create a resource to keep for the centre.

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