Early Years Bush Connections is a NESA-accredited course for early childhood workers and teachers.
“This innovative course is the only recognised qualification for educators who wish to use the Australian bush and beach as their learning spaces,” says TAFE NSW Children’s Studies head teacher, Fran Hughes.
Fran says the training develop skills in a number of areas.
“It develops knowledge and understandings of the Australian bush and beach, and an understanding of Indigenous connections with the land. It promotes children’s connections with the Australian bush, and seeks to connect children, families and the community with nature."
Early Years Bush Connections will be offered as a NESA-accredited program to Early Childhood Education and Care enterprises, existing workers in Early Childhood settings, as well as TAFE students and environmental educators who wish to learn about the skills, knowledge and attitudes to connect children to nature.
“The course builds on current international best practice in Early Childhood Education and Care, research from Scandinavia, European and British nature education and forest schools programs, as well as emerging research and case studies from Australia.”
Participants will attend a program of both indoor and outdoor learning sessions where they will cover content such as
- Risk benefit in the outdoors
- Managing children in an outdoor setting
- Planning and programming for the outdoors
- Flora and fauna of the Australian bush
- Principles of nature education and outdoor learning.
For more information about this course and the full suite of NESA-accredited courses for teachers, see TAFE NSW Teacher Training.