Course: Wild Play

Mon, 25/06/2018 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

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Mon, 25/06/2018 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Every child’s life is better when it’s a little bit wild! Join us to get creative ideas for engaging families with nature and learn about the importance of wild play. After a short session on theory, planning, risk and benefits, most of your day will be spent getting hands on (playing!) and becoming confident leading outdoor games and activities.

This outdoor course will help you develop your own sense of adventure and become a trusted guide for families getting outdoors. Learn about physical and creative challenges for young children, activities to promote communication, cooperation, independence and imagination, and how to adapt to different audiences on this fun packed course.

• Location: Crickley Hill, Cheltenham
• Tutor: Rosie Kelsall
• Date : Monday 25th June 2018
• Times: 09:30 – 16.00
• Level: Professionals and Enthusiasts
• Refreshments included
• Price: £75

Please note: If attendees are not all over 18, please contact Ellen Winter on prior to booking tickets.  

Course expectations
By the end of the course you will feel confident in planning and leading a variety of outdoor children’s activities for families and small groups.

Over the day the course will cover:
• How to plan and lead outdoor activities
• Managing risks, challenges and benefits of wild play
• Creative outdoor games and activities for under 12’s
• Wildlife activities for small groups and events
• Encouraging child-led and imaginative outdoor play
• How to engage parents too!
• Adapting activities for families with additional needs
• Staying comfortable whatever the weather
• Impacts on nature and how to minimise them

About the Tutor
Rosie has over 20 years’ experience in wildlife conservation, and her creativity and irrepressible sense of fun is backed by extensive knowledge of engaging children in the outdoors in both formal and informal settings. Rosie is a Forest School Leader Level 3, and holds an Outdoor Play Practitioner Award as well as spending years devising outdoor activities as a Guide and Beaver Scout Leader.

09.15 : Registration and refreshments at Crickley Hill
09.30 : Welcome and introductions
09.45 : Wild play: Planning, leading, risks and benefits
11.00 : Refreshments (provided)
11.15 : Groups: Games and activities and getting involved
12.30 : Lunch (note: bring packed lunch.)
13.00 : Wildlife and imaginative play activities
15.30 : Discussion and review of the day
16.00 : Course ends
All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may change according to the weather, group requirements or wildlife factors.

What we provide
• Light refreshments
• Course pack
• Relevant guide books
• Certificate of Attendance

What to Bring
• Weather appropriate outdoor clothing (we advise clothing to cover arms, legs and feet).
• Appropriate outdoor footwear with good grip.
• A packed lunch and water – or use the café on site.
• Notebook and pencil
• Camera

Useful Guides
Bebbington & Bebbington (2001) FSC Fold-out Chart – Exploring colour in the environment

Meeting Point / Location
Crickley Hill Café Crickley Hill Country Park, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY

Parking and Transport
You will be sent a free parking permit for Crickley Hill on booking. Please park in the Coach park and print and display it in your windscreen.

Accessibility and Health
If you have relevant medical or access requirements please let us know when booking.
The teaching area at Crickley Hill has level access, but involves gates and natural surfaces. The cafe also has level access.

Please contact course organiser Ellen Winter for more details - we are happy to work with you to facilitate attendance wherever possible.

About the Field Site
Crickley Hill is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds above Cheltenham and is owned and managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. As a SSSI, the hill is important for wildlife and offers a wide range of learning opportunities and fabulous views.

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Crickley Hill,

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Monday 25th June 2018
9:30am - 4:00pm
Price / Donation
£75 per person
Suitable for 18+ years
Learning / Education
Outdoor activity
Wildlife Watch
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Crickley Hill,
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Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
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no dogs please
Contact details
Tel: 01452 383333
Ellen Winter