Riverside Nature Pedagogy Convention
Saturday 28th September 2019
Pedagogy & practice in the changing Early Years landscape in Scotland.
In association with
Dr Lynn McNair, Cowgate Under 5s Centre
Niki Buchan, Natural Learning
Carol Murdoch,Love Outdoor Learning.
Not to be missed! A chance to meet, listen to and speak with the most inspiring and influential industry experts as they examine the role of nature-based practice and outdoor learning in the changing early years' landscape in Scotland - and how these methods contribute towards addressing the attainment gap.
Due to an increasing emphasis on accountability in early learning and care, we will also present a Frobelian model for using authentic, rather than ‘tick box’ assessment processes, to document children’s progress toward the National Improvement Framework and inform curriculum planning. The lived story approach is greatly valued by the Care Inspectorate, and this will soon be evidenced in the new document, Care and Compassion (led by Henry Mathias, Strategic Lead – Standards for Health and Social Care).
The Convention will be hosted by Luke Addison, manager of Riverside Cottage Nursery, a pioneering outdoors childcare setting in West Lothian which features in the important My World Outdoors document. The setting is visited annually by international education experts as an example of best practice because Manager Luke Addison and his team draw from alternative pedagogies, including Froebel, to shape the unique ethos at Riverside. Luke speaks both nationally and internationally and lectures on the BA in Childhood Practice at the University of Edinburgh.
11am - Doors open
11.15am - Registration; arrival refreshments
11.30am - Welcome by Luke Addison
11.45 - 12.30pm - Niki Buchan, Natural Learning: A common-sense approach to supporting children to challenge themselves, plus, risk management in an early years context.
12.30pm - Lunch (allergies and free from catered for)
1.30pm - Luke Addison & Dr Lynn McNair: Lived stories and a Froebelian approach to documenting children’s experiences, plus their relevance to the Care Inspectorate and the standards set within the National Improvement Framework of literacy, numeracy and health and well-being.
2.15pm - Carol Murdoch, Love Outdoor Learning: Carol will cover the explosion of outdoor learning and why it enhances learning for children, as well as improving the educational experience for both children and teachers/practitioners. Delegates will undertake a range of hands-on activities, gaining new ideas to take home and try in their own setting.
3pm - Discussion, networking and tour of nursery grounds
4pm - Close
Limited parking for around 30 cars is available on site; please car share.
Please dress for being outdoors regardless of the weather including waterproofs and boots/wellies as most sessions will take place outside.