Training Calendar

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Self-directed Play and Learning

This full day workshop will explore the importance of outdoor, self-directed play and learning for
children in the early years. It will focus on the theories of play and learning, managing challenge and risk in natural play provision and the role of the practitioner in facilitating free-play and choice.

The course will involve tutor input and discussion, practical hands-on activities and the opportunity to visit Stramash Outdoor Nursery.

Participants will:
 Explore the concept of self-directed play and learning and the play work principles
 Consider the types of creative play experiences for children that are promoted through the use
of natural play spaces
 Discuss the importance of the dynamic risk benefit approach to play and learning
 Consider theories of play and learning and stages of play in child development
 Consider the balance between self-directed play and facilitating practitioner-led learning
opportunities that enhance the development of children in the early years
 Share their own ideas, experiences and good practice on self-directed play and learning
 See outdoor play and learning in action during a site visit of Stramash Outdoor Nursery

Target audience
Whilst aimed at the early years sector, this course is also suitable for individuals who work with older
children.
Dates and locations
Fort William – Stramash Outdoor Nursery – Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – 0930 to 1530
Cost
£80

Additional info
The workshop will be delivered outdoors, whatever the weather. Participants should come suitably
prepared with warm, wind and waterproof clothing, appropriate footwear and sunscreen and/or midge
repellent as required. Refreshments will be provided but participants will need to bring their own packed
lunch.

 

Literacy Through Outdoor Play

This 3-hour practical workshop will explore how to promote literacy through play in the outdoors. It will focus on the literacy opportunities in the natural environment, the resources that can be used to support early literacy and the principle role of the practitioner. The workshop will focus on early literacy but will be adapted to cater for those working with children in primary level education.

Participants will:
 Consider the play spaces available and how to provide a literacy-rich environment
 Discuss opportunities to promote the development of talking and listening while exploring and
discovering the outdoors with children using natural features and natural materials
 Consider learning opportunities to enhance the development of early reading and writing skills in
the outdoors
 Share their own ideas, experiences and good practice on promoting early language and literacy
through outdoor play
Target audience
Whilst aimed at the early years sector, this course is also suitable for educators who work with older
children.
Dates and locations
Fort William – Stramash Outdoor Nursery – Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 1230 to 1530
Elgin – Stramash Outdoor Nursery – Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – 1230 to 1530
Cost
£35
Additional info
The workshop will be delivered outdoors, whatever the weather. Participants should come suitably
prepared with warm, wind and waterproof clothing, appropriate footwear and sunscreen and/or midge
repellent as required. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Helicopter Stories – with Trisha Lee

The Helicopter Stories approach, pioneered by Vivian Gussin Paley and championed in the UK by Trisha Lee, supported by Isla Hill and theatre and education charity MakeBelieve Arts, harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire powerful learning outcomes in key curriculum areas, such as Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and early compositional skills in Writing.

Why choose Helicopter Stories?
 It is an inclusive whole-class approach
to learning that values every child’s
contribution.
 It engages creativity, boosts self-
confidence and improves speaking and
listening skills
 It promotes collaborative learning in a
supportive, safe environment
 And it allows children to explore the
power of words, forming a bridge into
the world of writing

Target audience
Practitioners working with the early years sector, teachers of P1 and P2
Dates and locations
Elgin – Stramash Outdoor Nursery – 5th and 6th June 2018 – 0930 to 1500 – 1 day course, choose either 5th or 6th
Cost: £135 to include a copy of Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories by Trisha Lee an invaluable manual for the approach.
Additional info
The workshop will be delivered outdoors, whatever the weather. Participants should come suitably
prepared with warm, wind and waterproof clothing, appropriate footwear and sunscreen and/or midge
repellent as required. Refreshments will be provided.

Eventbrite - Helicopter Stories Training with Trisha Lee
 

We are also partners of local OWL (Outdoor & Woodland Learning) Groups across Scotland – Argyll & Bute, South Highland & Moray – as part of this we are currently running training workshops exploring taking literacy & numeracy outdoors for Argyll group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions
We are limited to a maximum number of participants for each of our courses, and will allocate spaces on a first-come, first served basis. Where there is greater demand, we will operate a waiting list and look to arrange future dates. Please complete the attached booking form if you would like to participate and we will send confirmation of your place, further details and an invoice at least three weeks before the course date. Payment will be required before the course date. All correspondence will be electronic so please ensure you provide a current email address.
If you have to cancel your place for any reason, we require at least 5 working days’ notice. This allows us to offer your place to others on the waiting list. Unfortunately we will have to charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the course cost if you do not cancel your place or fail to turn up on the day. If you would like to transfer your place to another person, please contact us to arrange this. In the unlikely event of a course being cancelled by Stramash, an alternative will be offered, or the full amount refunded.