13 - 19 Oct 2019 Mindstretchers and Claire Warden Study Tour
Mindstretchers and Claire Warden Study Tour October 2019
Date: Sun 13 October - Saturday 19 October 2019
Join Claire and the Mindstretchers team for a study tour like no other! Enjoy a warm Scottish welcome and leave inspired to improve your own practice.
Spend a week exploring the concept of learning with nature and discovering how to implement best practice within your setting. Visit centres of excellence, including our very own award-winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, as well as enjoying cultural experiences during your time with us.
**SAVE £200** Early Bird Rate: £1,750 pp
(Full price £1,950)
This Study Tour includes:
A visit to our award winning centre of excellence, Auchlone Nature Kindergarten, where nature provides children with authentic learning experiences.
Take a tour of the site and see how we organise our environment to allow children to spend 80% of their time outdoors. Visit the outdoor kinder kitchen, fire house, green gym, mud café and brave the dark forest! We’ll also show you how we document all our learning with Floorbooks.
Explore the Froebelian ethos at Edinburgh's renowned Cowgate Under 5's Centre and examine best practice within different contexts.
See how they use play opportunities and experiences to provide the impetus for learning. Find out how their Froebel training has enhanced their work as practioners and benefited the children in their care.
The Scottish Crannog Centre is a fascinating reconstruction of an iron-age dwelling on the beautiful Loch Tay. Watch demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies from Scotland’s past in a living history area, some of which we still use today in our Nature Kindergarten.
Enjoy the best of Scotland’s nature environment at The Hermitage. The giant Douglas firs here are among the tallest trees in Britain. Look out for red squirrels darting about in the tree tops and salmon leaping up the Black Linn Falls.
Presentations, practical workshops, lectures and sessions with Claire Warden and Mindstretchers trainers as part of your continuing professional development.
These will include:
- Discussion on the impact of place-based learning
- Using risk management to create confident learners
- The relationship of Culture, climate and curriculum
- Research into the use of Loose Parts and practical workshop
Cultural Capital and Nature Pedagogy - Is there a link? Symposium day with Claire Warden
Join Claire and international colleagues to reflect on the relationship between cultural capital and nature pedagogy. This symposium style day will consider if models such as outdoor nurseries and nature pre-schools affect all children’s educational achievement.
Floorbooks Masterclass day with Claire Warden.
Join Claire to examine the place of consultation in the early years and primary sector and how it can impact upon the planning process, educationalists’ practice, and raise attainment.
How do we involve children in observation, planning and documentation?
How do I support children to lead their own learning while also making sure learning is accountable to the curriculum?
The day will include the motivational strategies developed by Claire Warden, to promote effective communication and the recording through Talking and Thinking Floorbooks™, Talking Tubs™, and 3-dimensional Mind-Mapping which are incredibly effective recording and evidencing tools for young children’s learning and experiences.
Networking opportunities with international colleagues from around the world.
Engage with colleagues from around the globe. Study Tour participants find the exchange of ideas and information an extremely valuable part of the whole experience.
Welcome dinner, all breakfasts and lunches and a celebration dinner.
We’ll make sure you’re fed, watered and well rested each day. They’ll be the chance to try some Scottish favourites as well as lots of options to suit all dietary requirements.
6 nights Bed & Breakfast, price based on single occupancy