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Starting a Outdoor Learning or Bush Kinder Program 


Starting a Bush Kinder Outdoor Learning Program will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.2.2 and 4.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Date: June 21

Time: 9 - 3

Location: Bowden Room, Australian Botanic Gardens, Mt Annan (Park in P3)


Course content:

  • An introduction to bush kinder and outdoor learning; routines, games, resources, practicalities, weather, risk assessment and benefit
  • Activities for the outdoors; literacy learning and story play, creative arts, and nature play.
  • Collabortaive planning putting the day into practice. 

What to expect:

  • Theory sessions to introduce place-based, experiential and constructivist pedagogies. 
  • Practical activiites and planning 
  • Sessions at the park, beach adn in bushland. 
  • To gain the practical competencies to program for and teach outdoors.
  • Ideas on how to resource a bush kinder.
  • A collaborative, safe and supportive environment to learn new skills, share ideas and learn from industry experts.

What to wear and pack:

  • Packed lunch (we will provide a cake and some fruit for morning tea which you are welcome to share with us)
  • Water bottle
  • Tea/ coffee cup
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Raincoat and jumper
  • Closed in shoes
  • Comfortable clothes "active outdoor wear"

Course cost and inclusions:

  • $200
  • Cost includes: small group instruction, qualified and experienced instructors, a completion certificate, outdoor equipment use, craft supplies, first aid, booking fee, tea/coffee and morning tea. 

Your instructors:

  • Dr Amanda Lloyd is an Australian leading expert in outdoor learning, Planet Ark Spokeswoman and keynote speaker. She leads the Outdoor Connections Australia Professional Development Team, utilising her extensive educational knowledge. She is equipped with 17 years teaching experience, including time spent in leadership positions. Her impressive qualifications include a: Bachelor of Education (Primary), Graduate Certificate of Outdoor Education, Masters of Environment (Education for Sustainability) and Forest School Level 3 Instructors Training. Amanda’s PhD examined place-based outdoor learning in a Primary School. Her passion is assisting other teachers to implement outdoor learning in their programs. 
  • Penny Sadubin has a distinctive set of experiences and qualifications that make her a vital component of the Outdoor Connections Australia Professional Development Team. She is an artist, landscape designer and educator. The landscape around us is the vital thread that links all of Penny’s work. Penny’s qualifications include a: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), City and Guilds Garden Design, Vectorworks for Garden Design and Forest School Level 3 Instructors Training. Drawing on her varied experiences and qualifications, Penny leads the Creative Arts and Playgrounds workshops.


Dr Amanda Lloyd - amanda.lloyd@outdoorconnections.com.au


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