Louise Hoggart

Kids First, Christchurch, NZ, - ECE Teacher

Workshop title: "Establishing a nature programme within an urban area."

A Kindergarten team's journey into the unknown world of nature pedagogy with a desire to provide more unique and authentic learning experiences for children through self-directed exploration. The presentation will outline the journey they have travelled, the discoveries made and the challenges they have overcome.

Personal Bios: I originally trained as an Early Childhood Teacher and graduated from Auckland College of Education in 1993. I completed the first 16 years of my teaching in a range of West Auckland centres and kindergartens, both community based and private, prior to moving to home-based care for a time.
In 2009 I relocated to Christchurch with my family and returned to centre-based roles. I joined Kidsfirst in 2012 as a Head Teacher and have begun a journey that has challenged me to become a more pedagogically focused teacher and leader. In 2015 I completed a two year Post Graduate Diploma in Early Intervention while also gathering research around nature play. A personal desire to create a nature focused environment and programme and provide more authentic natural learning experiences for children and their families has developed into a passion to provide children with an appreciation for our Natural World.

Louise Hoggart