Professional Learning

Nature Play WA offers education-based, pedagogical professional learning and development opportunities.

Want to learn inspiring and practical skills to deliver outdoor learning and play opportunities for your students or children in your care?

Our workshops are based on contemporary research and theory, linked to the EYLF and NQS and designed to create an immediate impact on your teaching practice.

Nature Play WA’s professional learning workshops offer:

  • 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.

Feedback from workshop attendees:

"I felt inspired to try a few new things I hadn’t thought of"

"This will benefit my future teaching"

"The passion for nature play was wonderful"

"I want to remember the feeling of being inspired and the importance of including play and hands on materials in all areas of learning"

"I am inspired to use the outdoors more, [and to] find a ‘special’ outdoor space at school"

Professional Learning Opportunities:

a child in a treeOnsite Workshops

Our two-hour on-site workshops allow your whole team to learn as a group, with plenty of opportunity for hands-on activities and exploration, along with resources for you to use beyond the workshop.

personOnline Courses

Discover our fully-supported eLearning course that you and your team can do one your own schedule, through a series of bite-sized, hands-on experiences and activities run at your own pace.

Access a free preview of each course overview and download facilitator notes for each module to learn more about the lessons before you begin, allowing you to plan the timing of the course, and who in your team should attend.

Free Outdoor Learning Webinars

Our webinars highlight the importance of play-based learning in a balanced curriculum for kindergarten and pre-primary and primary-aged students, and exemplifying to schools the role of play-based learning in the early years and throughout primary school.

Meet your teacher

Denise Ansingh
Playful Education Officer

a woman smiling for the cameraDenise 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.