Somerset Kindergarten

Somerset Kindergarten

Palmerston North, NZ [ECE Teachers]

Workshop title: "Nurturing holistic development through connections with nature."

Find out about how a new team has built on the legacy from the teachers who have come before them to connect to the natural environment and awhi the tamariki to explore, discover and work with Papatuanuku. We will use traditional storytelling to explain how our centre philosophy is visible within our environment. Join us in discussing how the role of the teacher has developed and changed through reflective practice within the outdoor environment. You will come away with ideas and inspiration to impact your own approach and application using the natural environment influenced by current theory.

Personal Bios: Sylvie Ker, Jo Feetham and Susan Trembath are established Early Childhood Teachers. They have been teaching together within a newly formed team at Somerset Kindergarten in Palmerston North for just over a year. Their passion for tamariki and working within the natural environment has influenced their collective philosophy, pedagogy and practice. After attending the Natural Phenomena Conference in 2016 they have unpacked their experience and application of their learning in a recent workshop to teachers in the wider Manawatu region.

Somerset Kindergarten