InspirED Programs and Practices for Thriving Children

 

We deliver professional development on a range of topics. Some of these are listed below and we are always adding new topics. We are also able to customise topics to suit your needs and can develop workshops and keynotes for conferences.

 

  • Customised Events

A customised event is one that is delivered for your individual service or organisation. The Service provides the venue and refreshments and takes care of promotions and bookings if they wish to open the event up to other educators. InspirED will give services a quote for the event which includes training costs, travel and accommodation (if applicable). The Service then sets the prices if they wish to invite other educators to help cover the cost.

 

  • Hosted Events

A hosted event is where an individual service or organisation provides the venue and refreshments and in return receives 2 (half day) or 4 (full day) free places for their staff. InspirED is responsible for training costs, travel and accommodation and sets the price for educators to purchase tickets. This is a public event – InspirED will take care of all promotions and bookings.

 

  • Keynote Presentations

InspirED can tailor keynote presentations to meet the needs of your conference/event.

Our keynote presentation prices are competitive.

Please be advised that we have a strict 30 day cancellation policy.  Cancellations must be received in writing at least 30 days prior to the event and attendees will receive a refund (less $20 administration fee).
Cancellations within 30 days of the event or attendees who fail to attend the event will be charged in full. Please be advised that should you be unable to attend, you are more than welcome to send another attendee in your place. InspirED reserve the right to postpone or cancel any event or training due to presenter cancellations, venue issues or numbers registered. InspirED will offer you alternative dates and if these are not suitable, a refund will be given. In the instance of Customised Events, the 20% deposit paid by organisations upon booking the training, is non-refundable. 

Programs and Practices for Thriving Children

InspirED can provide workshops and seminars on wide range of subjects including the importance of connection to nature, creativity, the importance of play, healthy nutrition & how to create healthy environments for children.

Below is a list of some of the topics

  1. More Fun in the Mud – Creating Stronger Connections to Nature

 

‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ has become a call cry to reconnect children and nature. Explore simple affordable ways to increase connection to nature to enhance children’s wellbeing.

Learning Outcome: Learn fun, simple ways to increase connection to nature both indoors and outside to support children’s optimal wellbeing. Practical activity: Create the ideal nature play settings – simple leaf stenciling. (*)

 

  1. A Fresh Start! Creating Healthier Family Relationships through Nurturing Environments – Five Principles

The rise of individualisation, self-actualisation and self-fulfilment has had a profound influence on family life and mental wellbeing. Families are ever increasingly affected by significant social, economic and technological changes. This is evidenced with increasing divorce rates, disturbing parent-child conflicts and increases of stress, anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.

Learning Outcome: Explore ways to support healthier family relationships through nurturing environments. Activity:How to Create a Family Vision and Mission Statement.

 

  1. Natural Non-Toxic Makeover for Early Childhood Spaces

The environments we create for children can contribute to their health and optimal wellbeing. However they can also be places that contribute to chronic and everyday illnesses including asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, auto-immune disorders and more. From the air we breathe indoors to our laundry detergent to that harmless-looking bar of soap, our children may be absorbing toxic, disease-causing chemicals.

Learning Outcome: Learn how to create toxic-free home/children’s environments that support good health and positivity. Learn how to remove chemicals from your children’s diet, laundry, bath and skincare products and the garden. Practical Activity: Make your own beeswax wraps as a sustainable toxic free alternative to using plastic. (*)

  1. Educating for Creative thinking

It is widely recognised that is essential in order for children to meet contemporary and future challenges they need a broader set of capabilities including collaboration, communication and creativity. Explore how creativity is emerging as a one of the ‘must-haves’ in education and ideas for working with children to lay the foundations for creative thinking.

Learning Outcome: Learn why it is important to create optimal play and learning environments for young children and affordable ways to create open ended free imaginative play spaces to support young children’s creativity and creative thinking.

Create a child’s simple doll – ideal for sleep time and to calm a restless child. (*)

  1. New Perspectives on Children’s Development

Enhance children’s development and wellbeing through a wholistic perspective on the developing child 0- 5 years.

Child development has been traditionally viewed through the lens of the needs of the growing physical child along with the mental, social and emotional aspects of a child’s development. A wholistic view of child development explores the more-than-human element of the developing child.

Learning Outcome: Support children to reach their full potential through wholistic understanding of child development.

  1. Fewer Toys! Why Less is Better. 

New research suggests that fewer toys leads to longer, more creative play in toddlers. How do we create optimal play environments for young children?

Learning Outcome: Learn why and how to set up play areas with fewer toys and how to reduce excess toys from the home environment. Practical activity: create your own tree blocks. (*)

  1.  The Importance of Play

Most educators know the importance of play in the early years. However there is often pressure from parents who are not familiar with research that indicates early academic learning can have negative impact on children’s long term wellbeing. Explore latest research and how to discuss the topic with parents and families.

Learning Outcome: Explore ways to support children’s free imaginative play and the evidence behind why it is so important. Practical Activity: Create a simple fleece felt ball for young children. (*)

  1. How to Increase Music, Rhythm, Songs, Games and Stories into Children’s Environments

Lullabies and music have been shown to quiet and calm babies and children. Strong flexible rhythms can assist young children not only cope but even excel in classroom settings.

 

Learning Outcome: Explore and learn ways to increase music, rhythm, songs, games and stories in early childhood settings. Practical Activity: Learn how to create a healing story for children.

  1. Warming the Heart and Working with Beeswax

Children’s fine motor skills are fast disappearing in the age of technology. Beeswax modelling, decorating and working with the warmth of beeswax are practical ways to support the development of young children’s fine motor skills.

Learning Outcome: Developing Children’s Fine Motor Skills with Beeswax. Practical Activity: Working with beeswax (*)

  1. Unplugged! Young Children and Screentime

Media is everywhere, television, the internet, computer and video games all compete for our children’s attention. Screens are becoming more and more part of our everyday life and the lives of our children.

Learning Outcome: Explore the tools to help understand and implement healthy recommendations on children and media, and how to discuss the topic with parents and families. Practical Activity: How to Create a Family Media Plan

  1. The Beauty of Silence – Mindfulness and Meditation with Children

Mediation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. Some of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation with children include managing distractions, perseverance and reflecting.

Learning Outcome: Explore some tools and techniques to bring stillness and silence into the practice of being with children.