Become an ‘Outdoor Champion’

Early Years Outdoor Practitioner

This long term course is idea for local authorities and multi-academy trusts seeking to support creative and regular play and learning in settings. Each participant has an opportunity to learn new ideas, try them out and share learning with colleagues.

Informed by three decades of early years work, and our recent ‘Take Me Out’ ERASMUS project, this training is unique in Early Years across the UK and Europe.

If you would like to find out more about our work, then take a look at the projects we’ve worked on, and those we have planned for the future.

How does the course work?

The Early Years Outdoor Practitioner course consists of 5 training events, spread over at least 6 months.

Staff from each setting share their experiences of developing new play and learning outdoors, in their setting. The course is suitable for any early years practitioner or teacher. Sessions are reflective and active – every session has an outdoor element, no matter the weather.

New ideas are shared, and participants are challenged to look at their long-term planning, resourcing and support for colleagues to ensure that learning is disseminated.

Participants typically take on the role of ‘outdoor champion’, and close links are built with authorities to support this after the training events have finished.

Dates and booking

Dates will be agreed with each hosting authority or group of nurseries.

Typically, there are 20 places on each Early Years Outdoor Practitioner course, hosted by an early years setting, local authority or multi-academy trust.

Course costs, inclusive of preparation, email and phone support for participants and a number of direct support days as well as 2 full and 3 half training days is usually £5800+vat and reasonable expenses.

Prices as of 1st of February 2020

Please note that we also run Forest Kindergarten training.

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