Open to all early years practitioners in Scotland
Funded by the Scottish Government and
delivered by Living Classrooms
Scottish Virtual Nature School is an innovative response to challenges caused by the pandemic. The project has 2 unique elements:
1. To equip early years practitioners with skills to work outdoors with young children through nature-based, inquiry-led learning
2. To provide children with fun, engaging daily provocations and virtual interaction with their peers while at home.
Benefits of Scottish Virtual Nature School
- Develop skills required to work outdoors with children wherever you work
- Engage with a virtual community of nature-based practitioners working with children across Scotland for about 1 hour a day for 8 weeks
- Increase and develop your understanding and practice through nature-based pedagogies in 3 x 1-hour training sessions with Dr Claire Warden and 30-minute group reflection sessions each day
- Receive acknowledgement as the training forms part of your continuous professional development (CPD) - multiple certificates available
- Maintain relationships - Young children will have the opportunity to virtually interact with their teachers and friends on a daily basis through joint outdoor adventures at home or in setting
- Engage in open-ended, nature-based inquiries created by them - The daily provocations have been created with children at Auchlone Nature Kindergarten and their friends in the Virtual Nature School
- Positive memories - Collated by them and for them in a memory book to take into their setting
- Empowerment - Children’s voices and ideas drive the eight-week experience
- Feel supported within a playful, nature-based programme for 8 weeks
- Less screen time for children as they spend more time being outdoors and creative
- Happy and active children who want to be involved in the challenges
- Re-assurance that children are engaged and supported
How to join Scottish Virtual Nature School
Early years practitioners from all over Scotland are invited and encouraged to join this initiative by clicking the button below. Each practitioner who joins can then invite their families and children to join them in the virtual classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Your commitment to the project will be about 1 hour 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 8 weeks. 30 minutes of which is online without children for a reflective discussion. You will be asked to reflect on the experiences within the group of families you will be working with.
Yes, this is designed for you as a practitioner to connect children you work with and to children and families at home. The strength is that we will be sharing video and images you take or the families take during the inquiry at the group meeting at 1.00pm when we eat lunch together.
Every morning practitioners, families and children gather at 10 am online for 20 - 30 mins where we share the provocation film and children’s ideas for that day. Then the children go and play outside. The practitioners gather again at 12.30 for reflection and ready ourselves to welcome families and children back online at 1.00pm to share lunch and discuss our adventures.
All necessary training in the relevant IT will be provided and you will always have someone available to assist you if required.