Grass, birds, creeks and abundant shady trees all make for beautiful natural learning and play spaces for children. Exploring neighbourhoods, playing in open spaces, being outside from dawn until dusk, these were the daily experiences of many adults during their childhood. It really wasn’t that long ago.
In today’s society more focus on indoor play, no time to explore, take risks or be a child makes for risk
adverse and less adaptable adults in future years.
That’s why C&K says yes to nature based learning and play which means more risk for children in early childhood. The future C&K Centre for Excellence in Ashgrove, Brisbane includes the natural bush and creek and will be fundamental in teaching children, families and of course all educators about risk.
On Saturday 27 October, C&K will host a special invitation only event on the green at the future C&K Centre for Excellence. Special guest from the United Kingdom, Mr Tim Gill an expert in risk and childhood, will share ideas and discuss the benefit of risk taking with families and educators.
More than 120 families that have applied for a place in the yet to be opened, C&K Centre for Excellence early childhood training centre, are invited to the event. The outdoor play space is set over almost 1 hectare of inner city bush with Ithaca Creek weaving around the site.
This is an exciting opportunity for the future C&K Centre for Excellence families and our educators to hear from Tim and Barrie Elvish, C&K Chief Executive Officer why risk, nature, learning and play are all entwined and necessary for children and society.
Barrie said “this is a great day for interested families, educators and community members to enjoy the wonderful environment that will be the site of Australia’s first nature based early childhood centre and hear Tim explain why children need risky play.”
Tim Gill, a world leader in advocating for more risk in childhood, Tim’s book “No Fear: Growing up in a risk adverse society” published in 2007 continues to be a top seller for early childhood professionals and policy makers.
"Risk, nature, learning and play are all entwined and necessary for children and society"
Hundreds of professionals such as psychologists, counsellors, teachers, speech therapists, child health nurses and family support workers will be offered free Stepping Stones training to make it convenient for families to attend the free parenting sessions.
Professor Sanders said young people with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome experience three to four times the rate of emotional and behavioural problems compared to typically developing children.
“Parenting is already a challenging job, but parenting a child with a disability can take family stress to a whole new level. This project gives us the chance to support families across three states and will make an enormous difference to people’s day-to-day lives.”
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