Support Implementing Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
All children should have frequent, positive outdoor experiences in their early years. Purposeful integration of nature into formal early childhood education is critical in supporting those experiences. When done well, nature-based early childhood education supports children's individual growth and development, while building their life-long connection with the natural world.
Nature-based early childhood education is unique approach to education and many programs find the initial implementation challenging. After all, this usually means adjusting the typical daily schedule; modifying the outdoor play area to be a natural play area rather than traditional equipment; and establishing policies and procedures for outdoor play and excursions beyond the play area. I offer a variety of services to help make the move towards a more nature-based approach as seamless as possible for administrators and teachers. These services include: