Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations for every child, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
The ECO Learning Network Training Package provides support to establish place-based outdoor learning programs in Victoria.
Over three sessions, participants are given strategies to develop their own place-based outdoor learning program. The program aims to give services the tools they need to:
create a program in any type of environment (i.e., the bush, the beach, a park, etc.)
meet obligations under any regulations
develop relationships with land managers and develop documentation or the program.
Overall, the program provides pedagogical knowledge and practical information about the regulatory requirements for setting up a nature program.
The cost to attend this program is $500 per person for three sessions. This includes a site visit to a nature kindergarten program.
Target population: early childhood education and care services.
Program / practice descriptions and details: the training information is delivered over three days: Day one: introduction; Day two: site visit; Day three: planning.
Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this program.
Training requirements: early years services representatives are given strategies to develop their own place-based outdoor learning program over three sessions.