Archive for September, 2012

This term I am offering a new workshop to early years settings and Nursery/Reception/Year 1 classes:


Filling the Garden with Stories

Making the most of outdoor play

All early years practitioners are aware of the benefits of quality outdoor play.  Yet it isn’t always clear what we as adults should do to support and develop it.  How can we make the most of the rich outdoor environment to stimulate children’s communication and language, active learning, physical development, ability to create and explore?  One answer is: through stories.

This hands-on, active half-day session is delivered as Continuing Professional Development for early years staff – with the children present to help us! This workshop will develop your confidence in using story to guide and extend outdoor play for children aged 2 to 5.

Catherine Heinemeyer, aka Nettlefoot Kate, is a professional storyteller and outdoor educator with many years’ experience working with children in the early years and their educators.  She is the founder and coordinator of the Very Young Friends of West Bank Park, whose work was selected by Creativity Culture and Education as an example of national best practice in early years arts education.


Catherine will come to your school’s/setting’s outdoor space or a nearby green area.  Session cost: £70.  No teaching cover required.  Catherine has enhanced CRB clearance.

 Contact: catherine.heinemeyer@googlemail.com, 01904 612418, www.sustainabilitystories.wordpress.com


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