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Forest Kindergarten is based around child-centred learning through play in the Early Years. This free webinar will introduce you to core practice and understanding that underpins this approach.

Forest Kindergartens: Local Nature Play offers young children frequent visits and regular play opportunities in a local, natural setting all year round – this could be a woodland, park or even a beach!

It will introduce you to:

  • What Local Nature Play may look like.
  • Good Early Years practice inside or outside
  • People, Place and Pedagogy
  • The Value of Nature for learning and development
  • Examples of practice
  • New Training opportunities
Forest Kindergarten

 Wednesday 29th July 2020
Lead Facilitator: Marina Robb & Louise Hack
Location: online
Cost: FREE
Time: 3pm - 3.45pm
Book online: Click here to register.
2 day course: Click here for information about our 2 day Forest Kindergarten Training.


Louise Hack is a qualified teacher, Forest School Practitioner and Early Years Professional with over 20 years of experience. Over the last 20 years she has worked in various primary and infant schools in East and West Sussex taking on many different roles including Early Years lead, Specialist Early Years and Literacy leader across the county, Deputy Head and Head of School. Louise has also been a visiting lecturer with the University of Reading and was an Early Years literacy consultant in Windsor and Maidenhead where she worked alongside many schools leading on a range of projects including finding ways to support practitioners with developing their outside areas and access to forest learning. Read more.

Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. She is Author of ‘Learning with Nature’, considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners. Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with disadvantaged teenagers, families and young people. Read more.



Creating a literacy-rich outdoor space is essential if we want to embed a child-centred approach that acknowledges that children have a right to learn where it best suits their needs. For many children, they want to be outside and therefore they have an entitlement to this being a space that enables them to become emerging readers, writers, talkers and listeners. This webinar explores a diversity of ways of embedding literacy in an outdoor space, be this a concrete jungle or a wood. After the webinar you will get access to additional resources that help you develop your practice and keep track of what you need to do to develop your outdoor literacy provision. This webinar is aimed at educators who work with children aged 3-6yrs.


Date: Thursday 25th June 2020
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Location: online
Cost: £25. Payment is via PayPal however we can also send an invoice or you can pay by BACS.
Time: 3pm - 4.30pm


With increased interest in the use of outdoor spaces for teaching and learning, maths is a great focus to develop your confidence at teaching outside. In this webinar, Juliet provides lots of practical advice, how to plan, issues to consider and ways to integrate the use of the outdoors into your ongoing maths programme, especially those that have adopted a mastery approach that values conceptual understanding.

It is particularly suitable for those who work in school grounds and but also relevant to those who use local woodlands and other greenspace. Participants will get access to a password protected blog post with lots of handouts developed from Juliet’s own work teaching outside. It is suitable for those who work with children in Y1 to Y6.

Date: Thursday 2nd July 2020
Lead Facilitator: Juliet Robertson
Cost: £25. Payment is via PayPal however we can also send an invoice or you can pay by BACS.
Time: 3pm - 4.30pm

Juliet is an educational consultant who specialises in outdoor learning and play. Previously, she was the head teacher of three schools ranging in size from 6 to 277 pupils. Juliet is based in Scotland and has worked at a national level since 2008 writing case studies, documents and doing behind the scenes work to help shape strategy and support for schools and early years establishments. This includes heading up the team that wrote the Education Scotland document, Outdoor Learning: A Practical Guide for Scottish Teachers and Practitioners(2011), co-authoring Loose Parts Play – A Toolkit (2016 & 2019) and being part of the Scottish Government strategy group that created A Play Strategy for Scotland (2013). Most recently, Juliet contributed to Out to Play (2018), a Scottish early years document supporting practitioners to develop off-site provision in local greenspace.

Juliet is in heavy demand world-wide for her practical training. She is the author of two award-winning and best-selling books: Dirty TeachingA Beginner’s Guide to Learning Outdoors (2014) and Messy Maths: An Outdoor, Playful Approach for Early Years (2017). Her website, Creative STAR Learning is a source of information and support with more than one million visitors in the past four years. Juliet continues to work directly with staff and children in many early learning settings in the North-East of Scotland exploring what excellent outdoor practice can and could be!


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"I found Juliet's Messy Maths great. It had lots of ideas to incorporate more meaningful maths into our setting. The resources available are fabulous, an excellent webinar."
Suzanne Fairhurst

"I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar, it was so inspiring. I have the book Messy Maths and Dirty Teaching! The session with Juliet was helpful in putting the words into meaning, it was inspiring, thinking about activities you could do with the children - using the resources available and making the best of the opportunities. It is definitely making me think about how you speak to the children, making sure you are listening to them when you are talking to them and taking their lead, their interests, now what you want it be lead to. The examples of the rainmacs in the hall- how much learning can come from the routines, before you have go to the ‘learning area’ and making fully use of this. I loved Juliet’s singing and I am someone who loves to sing, so has encouraged me to carry on doing this with my children and keep it is part of what we do. I have registered for the outdoor literacy course, as I am sure this will be encouraging too and will look forward to learning more. Thank you for organizing this and I look forward to learning more with you."
Sara-Jayne South, Abacus Primary School


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