Natural Pre-School: integrate outdoor education in the first learning years

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
Outdoor Education is one of the most innovative educational approach in the European context and worldwide. Children need opportunities of direct and authentic experience in nature for an healthy and balanced development of attitudes and competencies. Pre-school is the crucial stage for connect children and nature and it is important to support children with a quality pedagogical approach.
In this course we explore the main ingredients of an outdoor kindergarten such as the value of free and risky play, the organization of natural spaces and materials, the emotional education outdoors, perception and body involvement. We will discuss many experiences of outdoor preschool inspired by different models and theories such as Forest Schools, Waldkindegarden, Montessori and Reggio schools, Farms School.
Based in an outdoor training centre with an innovative farm preschool, the course provides an immersive and experiential program. In this course you can find a deep view on why and how integrate outdoors in preschool system, some practical tools, personal and professional insights and the opportunity for sharing and networking with passionate colleagues.

Learning outcomes:
The main objective of this training course is to provide a specific focus on outdoor education for preschool ages. More specifically, the learning objectives are:

  • Understand kids needs for outdoors activity for health and for competencies development.
  • Know how to support the learning process as outdoor preschool teacher.
  • Learn to organize spaces and materials to provide outdoor learning opportunity for children (3-6 years).
  • Know and understand theory and methodology about outdoor education in preschool context.
  • Explore and discover your personal inclinations and resources connected to teaching outdoors.
  • Gain confidence in teaching outdoor in preschool.
  • Create a learning community during the course and after.

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1/B2 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    This training course is for teachers, educators, school’s directors working in preschool organizations.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 16
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 20.02.2022 - 27.02.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 12.06.2022 - 19.06.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 28.08.2022 - 04.09.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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