Helen d'Ascoli and Debby Hunter explore ways to support and nurture young children's connections with and understanding of the natural world. A Froebel Trust webinar recorded on 13 October 2022.

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This webinar was held in October 2022 to mark the release of a Froebel Trust pamphlet - Re-engaging with nature by Helen d'Ascoli and Debby Hunter.

The webinar was aimed at early years educators and all those who care for and support young children. It explores:

  • ways to develop young children's connections with nature
  • how to involve parents, carers and the wider community in nature projects
  • why experience and understanding of nature were central to Froebel’s ideas
  • developing a sustainable approach at your setting

... and much more!

This webinar was part of the Froebel Trust's 2022 "Year of Exploration" - a celebration of children's connections with nature. You can download resources and find more recorded events in our children and nature section of the website.

Released in October 2022. Free to download

About the authors and webinar presenters

Helen d'Ascoli

Helen is a forest school teacher and author. She has over 30 years of experience connecting children to nature, beginning in the London Borough of Enfield and currently working in Sussex at Annan the Froebel School and for Cultivating Curiosity and Nature Connection Sussex. She is also involved in tree planting projects with the Children's Forest.

Helen is a co-author of The Children's Forest, a year-round connection to nature handbook for parents and teachers, published by Hawthorn Press.

Debby Hunter

Debby Hunter is the Principal of Annan The Froebel School in East Sussex which she founded with her husband Mark Hunter in 2001. She started her teaching career in Roehampton, London where she taught right across the primary age range. Debby is a founding member of the Froebel Travelling Tutors and jointly runs the Froebel Network. She has taken several post-graduate courses in Early Years Education including the Froebel Certificate in Early Years Education and an MA in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton.

Debby believes learning in nature is of huge importance, today more than ever, and she is committed to providing regular forest school sessions and access to nature for all children at her setting.

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