Out to Play Early Years CPD Workshop

Eco Drama invite early years practitioners to participate in an online Out to Play Early Years CPD Webinar, which replace the in-person CPD sessions we would have been delivering were it not for Covid-19.

The aim of the CPD session is to share methodology, ideas and learning from Eco Drama’s four year 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 will 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 which has just launched.

See our mini documentary below which tells the story of the early years resource pack, filmed by Mike Rea at collaborating nursery Westercraigs.

Order a hard copy of the Early Years Out to Play Resource Pack, or any of the packs, by emailing nina@ecodrama.co.uk, and read more information here.

2021 Early Years Out to Play CPD Webinars

  • Wednesday 7th April: 2-4 pm and 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 21st April: 10-12noon and 2-4pm
  • Thursday 6th May: 9.30-11.30am and 3.30-5.30pm
  • Thursday 13th May: 2-4pm and 6-8pm
  • Thursday 3rd June: 2-4pm and 6-8pm
  • Wednesday 16th June: 10-12noon and 2-4pm

The majority of spaces on the 2021 webinars were allocated to the 236 nurseries in Glasgow, supported by Glasgow City Council, with a limited number of public places on each webinar open to early years practitioners from any location.

You can read more about the sessions in our evaluation report.

Eco Drama plan to hold further webinar sessions in future. To express interest in attending a webinar or booking a webinar for all staff at your early years setting or council, please email nina@ecodrama.co.uk.

The sessions are led by Out to Play Drama Artist Sarah Rankin, who developed the nursery strand of the project in 2018 with four partner nurseries in Glasgow, and then subsequently wrote the early years resource pack from this experience. Sarah has also continued as an Out to Play Drama Artist throughout 2019 and 2020, delivering residencies and CPD sessions in primary schools, as well as sessions as part of the Arts Across Learning Festival in Aberdeen for two consecutive years.  The webinar will be tailored to the early years practitioner and with playground spaces in Glasgow/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.


Feedback from 2021 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.”