Thursday, July 19, 2012

Inspired EC

Inspired EC is an early childhood consultancy service based in Newcastle, NSW. Visit their website here to discover all that they have to offer. These include conferences, workshops, tours of inspiring early childhood services, resources for sale such as mini playscapes, playground renovations and much more.

Two of the exciting events coming up are a workshop on engaging boys and risky pay with the wonderful Niki Buchan from Mindstretchers presenting.

NIKI BUCHAN from MINDSTRETCHERS - Engaging Boys and Risky Play

ONLY $80 per session or $147 for full day (includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Venue – Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
412 Sandgate Rd
Shortland NSW 2307

  "Imagine a world where the lines were harsh and unyielding, the textures were consistent and variation is unheard of. Does it inspire you? Now imagine a place where the carpet changes every day, the ceiling is a myriad of different colours, light, shadow and movement. The feelings and movement completely surround you, sometimes breezy, sometimes cold, others warm. Unexpected wonders fly by, sometimes full of colour and sometimes full of noise and movement. If we really want children to thrive we need to let their connection to nature nurture them." - Claire Warden

Friday 27TH July 2012 - 9.15am – 3.15pm

9.15 – 12.00 session - ENGAGING BOYS

Why do boys feel the need to create weapons, look for challenge and risk and how can we support this need in a motivational learning environment. This inspirational training course will explore how to create positive learning spaces that enable kinaesthetic children to thrive both indoors and outdoors.

12.15-1.15pm  Lunch

1.15pm – 3.30pm session - RISKY PLAY

Risk it - is a training course to support practitioners in creating positive learning environment that enable kinaesthetic children to thrive. Action research has shown that the well being and involvement of children and in particular boys increases with the introduction of creative, risky and challenging opportunities. In this session we will demonstrate how you can support children to be self risk assessors who are resilient and thoughtful about their own personal safety, and who can make choices about what risks to take.
Also, there is a conference occurring in late October with an astounding line up of presenters, headlined by Claire Warden. This is tackling the problem of wrapping young children in cotton wool by encouraging risk in children's lives.

Both of these events are happening in Newcastle, NSW. This is well worth the trip from those elsewhere in NSW, interstate or even overseas.
Besides the direct benefits of both of these events, it will also be an excellent opportunity to meet up with other early childhood professionals. I myself plan to catch up with a number of fellow bloggers, just like I did with Candy Lawrence a couple of posts ago.

So come along, I'd love to catch up with you too. I can't make it to the workshop, but will definitely be there both days of the conference.

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