Professional Learning

Nature Play WA is excited to offer education based, pedagogical professional learning opportunities.

Nature Play’s professional learning offers:

  • on-site delivery - we come to you
  • participants engagement with current ideas in outdoor education,
  • time for hands-on activities,
  • discussion with peers,
  • exploration of the topic in relation to their own setting, and
  • concludes with a reflection about the insights, information, understanding or inspiration gained.

All workshops are linked to the EYLF and NQS and are based on contemporary research and theory.

Nature-based Investigations and an Inquiry Approach to Learning Outdoors

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $550 plus GST

This workshop is designed to share the benefits of outdoor learning on all aspects of children’s development and, most importantly, their wellbeing. Participants will discover the potential of using nature and a variety of open-ended materials in the outdoor environment for holistic learning. The workshop investigates the possibilities in following children’s interests, how to explore an inquiry question and considers the role of the educator in enriching learning.

Using Loose Parts for Play and Learning in the Outdoors

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $550 plus GST

This hands-on and interactive professional learning workshop introduces the benefits of using loose parts for play. They are easy and inexpensive to source and provide endless engagement, flexibility and challenge for children. Participants will consider their role in supporting and enriching learning, actively explore the qualities of materials through their own play experiences and discuss the potential for integrated learning using loose parts. The workshop shares possibilities for sourcing, managing, and presenting loose parts to the children.

Please complete the enquiry form below and one of our team will be in touch to arrange your workshop.


Meet your teacher

Denise Ansingh
Playful Education Officer

Denise is an enthusiastic teacher and pedagogical leader with Level 3 classroom teacher status (Department of Education). She has a Master in Early Childhood Education and, in 2015, received a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) for Leadership and Development. Denise is very experienced in facilitating professional learning as a tutor in Early Childhood Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and as a Consultant with LEAP Education. She attended Study Tours to Reggio Emilia and New Zealand which influenced her philosophy and is a firm believer in play-based and nature pedagogies. Denise has long been an advocate for outdoor play and learning in, about, and with nature, which is what brought her to Nature Play WA.

Want to take part in our online learning opportunities?  Find out more about our Online Learning Courses.