Talking with Parents and Colleagues about Outdoor Play
You know it is important, you have seen what’s possible when you take children outside and give them the time, space, materials and permission to play! How do we communicate this with parents and colleagues who only see the barriers or negative aspects of taking children outdoors? How can we support adults so children can have access to this fundamental experience of childhood? In this session, Bora and I will give examples, share experiences and resources to support you in advocating for outdoor play and learning at your childcare program or school.
Audience: Early childhood educators, K-3 teachers.
** This session will include a draw for a $50 gift certificate to the new Outdoor Learning Store!
Bora Kim is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE), and a professor in the Early Childhood Education program at Humber College. Bora’s work, research, and advocacy focuses on early years pedagogy that promotes play in natural environments and incorporates pedagogical documentation for collaborative inquiries.
Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. Six years ago she was challenged to develop a program to support nature connection and outdoor experiences for young children. Through creating this program, she learned about the importance of play. It was eye-opening for her and she has pivoted her work to put play at the centre of all she does. She believe it is the best way children (and adults) connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.
She live along the banks of the Bow River with my husband and 6 year old daughter.