Improving Mental Health through Nature Play -the Early Years

Improving Mental Health through Nature Play -the Early Years

Monday 9 September 2019, 7:30pm—9:00pm

In this interactive presentation we will be looking at the changes in society and the impact these have on our children, how screen time has replaced outdoor play and the significance of this change. We will then finish up with some practical ways that as parents you can help to build your children’s resilience while helping them develop into capable, confident children. Gold Coin entry - all proceeds will go to The Champion Centre.

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In New Zealand we are seeing an increase in mental health issues including anxiety and depression, like we have never seen before. There is lots of talk about why this is happening and there are many facets to the answer. But as parents we want to protect our children from harm and do the best we can. In protecting them – are we doing more harm than good? In this interactive presentation we will be looking at the changes in society and the impact these have on our children, how screen time has replaced outdoor play and the significance of this change. We will then finish up with some practical ways that as parents you can help to build your children’s resilience while helping them develop into capable, confident children.

CELIA HOGAN - LITTLE KIWIS NATURE PLAY
As a facilitator of outdoor and nature-based learning, Celia inspires ECE and primary teachers to look beyond the day-to-day challenges and find outdoor learning opportunities where kids can blossom. Celia originally studied outdoor recreation and adult education. For the past 20 years she has worked for a variety of outdoor education organisations internationally, setting up, developing and running outdoor programmes, wilderness expeditions, leadership development programmes and establishing risk management and safety systems. Now with two wild preschoolers herself she wants to share her passion for getting children outdoors and into nature.
Celia currently runs a bush kindy play session each week and runs Nature Education training, workshops and conferences. She is also focused on changing legislation in ECE to enable full time nature kindergartens to start here in NZ.

Papanui Baptist Church
Christchurch, New Zealand

Address: 144 Sawyers Arms Rd
Christchurch
Canterbury