We're currently offering virtual training and minimal face to face support visits. We hope to offer a more blended approach of face to face and virtual training in 2021, as and when restrictions allow for this.
If you want to join the programme, please contact our Communication and Language Leads:
Likewise if you've already enrolled and have questions. Thank you.
Natural Thinkers training supports early years practitioners to provide high quality outdoor learning for children, focusing on developing children’s well-being, involvement, and communication and language.
Natural Thinkers is training that gives practitioners a framework for connecting children to nature through practical activities that are inspiring and motivating.
Central to Natural Thinkers are ten commitments that give a structure for practitioners to develop outdoor learning.
The aims are to increase the confidence of practitioners in using the natural environment to improve children’s communication and language development and support their well-being and involvement.
The training is for all practitioners who work with young children in the LEAP wards.
Practitioners will need to attend one whole day and two two-hour sessions of training.
The whole day session will include:
This will then be followed up with the two (predominantly practical) two-hour sessions:
There will also be:
Once the training has been completed settings will receive an accreditation visit to become a Natural Thinkers setting. Funding will be available for each setting to purchase resources to embed the service, which they will receive on completion of an action plan.