THINKING OUTSIDE: The Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre team enjoyed the workshop.
THINKING OUTSIDE: The Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre team enjoyed the workshop. CHRISSY HARRIS

Childcare leaders learn about benefits of outdoor play

RIO Tinto's Here for Childcare initiative continues to help local childcare educators maintain high quality of care for Gladstone families.

The third in a series of four professional development workshops through Rio Tinto's initiative was held at the weekend at CQUniversity.

The workshop was delivered by leading researcher and practitioner from Macquarie University's Mia Mia Institute of Early Childhood, Janet Robertson.

Ms Robertson, a leading speaker on the benefits of outdoor play, discussed the role of the outdoors in the education of young children, including understanding outdoor design and developing strategies to support more outdoor thinking.

Owner and director of Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre, Marion Hayes, said, "Janet Robertson is a leading academic and practitioner in the field of outdoor play and we were privileged to have the opportunity to learn from her work in this field".

"Listening to her was inspiring. We enjoyed the discussion surrounding finding our own sense of place and making all spaces full of wonderment.

"We are excited about getting back to our service to examine our own environment, with the aim of connecting children to the learning possibilities outside."

The final workshop is on October 17 with Robyn Moore, regarded as one of Australia's best and most in-demand speakers who helps people identify their skills and sell their own abilities.

All workshops are via invitation to early childhood educators in the Gladstone region and are held at the Gladstone campus of CQUniversity.

Registration for the workshops on the Here for Childcare initiative is available at www.hereforgladstone.com.au.



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