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Creativity in nature – supporting children’s wellbeing

SKU: CreativityinNatureAutumn21

Course description

When children encounter the world around them of which they are a part, it generates many connections, ideas, imagination, stories, and ideas (working theories) of how things happen, and change.  Being in nature makes us all feel good, it is restorative, and not just when we are feeling down, tense or uncertain.  As we have seen through the pandemic, nature calms and regulates us all. We notice it, we respond to it, and we respect it, building an empathetic and ecological identity.  By being in tune with the beauty (aesthetics) of nature it helps us and children to make sense of its rhythms, cycles, evolutions, patterns, sounds, movements where we take on a collective responsibility for nature and the ecology.

From a simple creative study of fallen leaves, to an artful investigation into the snaily-ness of snails, we can tap into this internalised world of children’s ecological enquiry and empathy by listening, joining in and responding to young children’s encounters with nature.  In doing so, we can create situations of learning that are responsive to their emotional well-being, their personal and social growth and their creative and ecological thinking. 

When we listen and act upon their thoughts and curiosity about nature, it opens up children to richer relationships and understanding about the interdependent worlds of, for example, insects, plants, stones, soil, trees and themselves and each other.  Through noticing the evolving changes apparent in their world, the beauty and patterning of nature, whether that be in a forest of trees, a city park, or urban landscape, with responsive and attentive adults by their side, noticing and acting on their encounters and enquiries with nature, we can create some of the best holistic situations for learning and development.   This webinar will explore creative practice-based examples of how you can enable your children’s ecological enquiries, whilst supporting their emotional understanding, well-being and sense of self, whilst inviting ourselves as educators to consider our values about, sustainability, ecological and climate crisis and young children’s PSED in early childhood.

The webinar will take place on the following dates and times:

Session 1: 11th October, 6pm-7.30pm (Recording now available).
Session 2: 18th October, 6pm-7.30pm (Recording now available).

This webinar will be delivered by Debi Keyte-Hartland.


  • Members - £30
  • Non-members £40

Book 5 webinars at once and receive a discount of 10% with coupon code: EEWEBINAR510 - or book 10 webinars at once and receive a discount of 20% with coupon code: EEWEBINAR1020. To take advantage of this offer, add the webinars to your basket and apply the code - the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

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Monday, 11 October, 2021
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