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 into the early years curriculum, how to re-imagine school 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 CPD Webinar Dates

Wednesday 10th February 2021 – join a 2 hour morning or afternoon webinar. Each session can accommodate up to 20 places, and priority is given to early years practitioners from across Glasgow’s nurseries. The webinars on the 10th of February are free of charge kindly supported by the Educational Institute of Scotland.

There are currently a couple of spaces left, so please contact nina@ecodrama.co.uk to book a place.

We are going to re-run the webinar on the following date:

Thursday 6th May 2021 – join a 2 hour morning or afternoon webinar. This webinar is open to early years practitioners from any location, and there is a small cost to participants of £30 per person to attend this session, which covers the presenter’s fee and a hard copy of the Early Years Out to Play Resource Pack (worth £19) which all attendees will receive via post.

To register your interest for this webinar and receive updates as we set exact times, please email nina@ecodrama.co.uk.

The sessions will be 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.