Our Spring webinar is all about young children's relationships with nature - featuring guest speakers Konnie Huq, Dr Helge Wasmuth and Naomi Clarke.
On the evening of Froebel's birthday and to kick off our 2022 year of exploration, we're hosting a special FREE webinar all about children's connections and relationships with nature.
This event is aimed at everyone who works with and cares for young children. All are welcome.
- Hear from children's author, broadcaster and campaigner, Konnie Huq as she makes the case for better education about the environment for young children.
- Top tips and practical advice for educators and carers interested in supporting young children’s outdoor play.
- Learn about the relevance of a Froebelian approach to early education and the importance of young children's relationships with nature in kindergartens and early education systems today.
Spring webinar: Children & Nature
Thursday 21 April 2022
6.30pm to 7.45pm (British Summer Time)
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About the event
Children's author, broadcaster and campaigner, Konnie Huq will open the event making the case for better education about the environment for children.
"When kids learn something, when it goes to their core they take it with them through life... They’re growing up in a time when the climate emergency is what is present in consciousness... We need a world with people full of empathy...”
Konnie Huq in interview, September 2020
Dr Helge Wasmuth is joining us from New York to explore the relevance of a Froebelian approach to early education and the importance of young children's relationships with nature in kindergartens and early education systems today.
And finally, outdoor education consultant, Naomi Clarke will discuss the barriers which prevent some young children from engaging in nature and outdoor play. She'll be sharing her top tips and practical advice for educators and carers interested in supporting young children to spend more time in and with nature.
Our webinars sell out quickly. Please register for a ticket to avoid disappointment. 2,000 tickets are available for this free event.
Free resource to download
An introduction to Froebel, children and nature by Helen ToveyGet your copy
About the speakers
Konnie Huq was Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter (1997 - 2008). Since then she's become a bestselling children's author with a three book deal with Piccadilly Press. The main character of her Cookie books is inspired by Konnie’s own London Bangladeshi background and her love of science. Konnie also co-wrote the second instalment of the successful and critically acclaimed Channel 4 series Black Mirror.
Most recently, Konnie has been actively campaigning for better education about the environment for children.
She is currently an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, British Asian Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the climate change campaign group, Mothers Rise Up.
Find out more at konnie-huq.com
The child who has cared for another living thing… is more easily led to care for his own life
Helge Wasmuth is a Professor in the Department of Childhood Education at Mercy College, US. Among his research interests are early education policy as well as the history of, and postmodern perspectives on, early childhood education.
He is a founding member of Cultures of Early Childhood Education (CECEC), an international research network that published Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care–Reconceptualization and Comparison in 2019.
His research on Friedrich Froebel’s kindergarten pedagogy and its transformation has led to the publication of the monography Fröbel’s Pedagogy of Kindergarten and Play: Modifications in Germany and the United States (2020).
He is currently working on a new Froebel biography which will be published in 2023 by Bloomsbury.
You can find him speaking about his latest book on the Froebel USA website.
Naomi Clarke is a writer, educator, and parent. The goal of her work is to raise awareness of taking an intersectional approach to outdoor education and to centre children's rights. Naomi is also the director of a democratic learning community for home-educated children and a freelance outdoor education consultant. Based in London, Naomi has worked in outdoor education, community gardening, permaculture design, ecotherapy, playwork and disability support across the charity, public and private sector for over 15 years.
We're celebrating with a year of special events focused on young children's relationships and connections with nature.
Take a look at our case studies, free resources and latest research in our new Children and Nature section of our website.