Eco Drama have developed an online Out to Play Early Years CPD Webinar for early years practitioners.
The aim of the CPD session is to share methodology, ideas and learning from Eco Drama’s arts-based outdoor learning project Out to Play, with a particular focus on the early years strand of the project and sharing activities which encourage creativity, wonder and curiosity for the natural world.
During the session participants explore how to integrate arts-based outdoor learning and play into the early years curriculum, how to re-imagine nursery grounds into a place of adventurous learning and how to utilize creative learning methods such as drama, nature-based storytelling and imaginative play in order to engage young children with the natural world. Participants will also be provided with their very own Early Years Out to Play Resource Pack.
The webinar is tailored to the early years practitioner with playground spaces in urban areas in mind, and will include practical and creative activities, short film clips of an early years Out to Play session in action, and interactive opportunities for online teamwork and discussion.
See our mini documentary below which tells the story of the early years resource pack, filmed by Mike Rea at collaborating nursery Westercraigs.
Our next Out to Play Early Years CPD Webinars will take place on Tuesday 20th February 2024. For more information and to book a place via Eventbrite, please follow the link below:
You can read more about the CPD sessions in our evaluation report.
The CPD webinar sessions are led by Out to Play Drama Artist Saffron Gillies, who has been delivering the early years strand of Out to Play throughout 2022 and 2023, commissioned by Glasgow City Council. This includes Out to Play in a Day sessions and a series of early years Mini Residencies working in-depth with nurseries across Glasgow, plus Early Years Out to Play CPD webinars for practitioners across Glasgow, Scotland and the wider world. Saffron has also been delivering Out to Play residencies in several primary schools across Glasgow throughout 2021-2023.
Feedback from Out to Play webinars
“I watched this with one of my staff team and the next day she was already using ideas from the session and has been doing so since. The children are really loving the nature call.”
“Thanks to everyone for today’s webinar. I found it extremely thought-provoking and it has given me more confidence to promote outdoor drama and storytelling within my setting.”
“It was very well presented with lots of inspirational ideas to provoke enquiry and imagination.”
“I thought this session was great would have loved to have been there in person! The presenter was really passionate and it showed which in turn makes you want to develop your own practice and try to reach that level of enthusiasm.”
“This webinar gave me more inspiration and motivation to bring more storytelling and drama to my outdoor provocations.”
“I have taken away some fabulous advice.”
“I loved the enthusiasm from the staff at Eco Drama. As someone who is very passionate about outdoor play, it was motivating to learn more and continue to develop my confidence in different ways.”
“The course helped ease some of the fears I have regarding creative and risky play and allowing the children to take full charge of their learning outside.”
“The session was so beneficial as provided us with great ideas about using outdoor space and gave us so much information about the benefits for children of playing outdoors.”