Cases and references
Paola Trigari, International educational consultant; co-director of the CAS in Economics and Pedagogy of Early Childhood education, University of Geneva:
We have launched a new program on innovative education at the University of Geneva, and hosted Markos Zangas-Tsakiris for a three day workshop. His course is highly effective and within the scope of the program. A dynamic flow of theory, practice, immersive experiences in outdoor contexts and in an urban forest, that kept participants constantly engaged. Practitioners left the course with a deep understanding and motivation for innovative outdoor practices, and the confidence to use the outdoors as a learning resource. We received wonderful feedback, and we are happy to continue our collaboration with Inside out Nature.
Jean Lane, EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Development Team Leader, Bournemouth Borough Council:
“Inside-Out Nature training has proved to be an inspiration to practitioners at all levels. The effective balance of theory and practical has resulted in unprecedented levels of understanding and development of excellent outdoor practice, from which our children are now reaping the benefit.”
Laura Popescu, Founder of Happy Kids Preschool and Discovery Kids Primary School, Romania:
In spring 2017, we started Step 1 of the Outdoor Pedagogue course. Three years later we run forest groups at preschool and primary school level, 21 of our teachers run outdoor learning programs on a weekly basis, and we have developed a variety of learning amenities for outdoor centers. And this is not all: we coordinate an Erasmus+ project through which we train teachers and parents in 6 European countries, and write guides of good practices for implementing curricular activities in and with nature. Thank you, Inside-out Nature, for spreading the light!
Meropi Chatzivei, Headteacher, Chatzivei School, Greece:
"Five teachers from our school attended a "Forest School” seminar. Returning from the seminar, I realized that as a person and as a mother, a new desire was born, to be closer to nature. Something changed inside... At the same time, we (all 5) had the desire this new approach to be applied to the whole school. After the seminar, a teacher staff meeting was organized, in order to share knowledge and experiences. This school year, more and more teachers intergraded "forest school" to their lessons and visit the park we have nearby."
Tsvetelina Terzieva, Teams & Dreams, Bulgaria:
"I took part in 2 days training course in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. I am a parent of 2 children and my ideas about what children can do outside totally changed after the course. I got so inspired by Inside-out-Nature that I am motivated to spread this approach in Bulgaria so more children have the opportunity to experience the wonderful nature around us."
An extract from the Professional Learning Sabbatical Report of "Rebecca Andrews (2012 Australian Early Childhood Teacher of the Year):
“Earth, water, air and fire. We talk about the importance of sensory play for young children. Sand and water play are quite common, however more natural experiences such as mud, fire and tree climbing are less common and are sometimes related to OH&S or risk. The Forest School approach has encouraged me to assess risk and benefit so as to provide a 'safe-enough' environment.”
Lesley Donohue, Early Years Consultant, Liverpool City Council:
"I feel that Inside Out Nature 'Outdoor Practitioner' courses have had a very positive effect on the outdoor practice of the participants. Over the last twelve months I have visited many of the settings who attended the two day courses last year and I have seen a marked improvement in the attitudes and practice of the participants and their colleagues.”