Professional Development for Early Childhood Centres
I offer professional development for early childhood centres who are beginning on their gardening and environmental sustainability journey. This professional development is tailored to your centre needs and can include topics such as gardening with young children, growing healthy crops, worm farming, compost, and environmental sustainability. Depending on your centre's needs, this can be a one-off session or a series of sessions.
Professional development is available via zoom if you are outsideof Christchurch, or in person if you are in Christchurch

The next webinar from Growing Kiwi Gardener is:

Foster Kaitiakitanga through Gardening: Gardening through Winter
Wednesday 26th May 2021, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Webinar cost: $45  Register me now
Winter tends to be a quiet month in the garden, but there are still things you can do. This webinar will talk about what you can grow, plant care and protection through the cold winter months. Matariki plays an important role in gardening at this time of year, so there will be some sharing of ideas on how to include the garden in your celebrations.

Webinars for ECE Kaiako - scroll down to see upcoming webinars
Webinars are offered on a regular basis, and offer flexible professional development opportuntities for kaiako. Each webinar is recorded and available for one month to all who register and pay their registration fee.

Upcoming Webinars for ECE Kaiako in 2021

Foster kaitiakitanga through seasonal gardening:
Gardening is a great way to connect children with nature and teach them to be kaitiaki. Through full involvement in garden planning and processes children learn to respect the garden and the plants they are growing. Consistent gardening programmes that are year-round lead to children developing a greater understanding of how plants grow and how to care for them. This series of four webinars will be held at the beginning of each season and will include practical gardening tips and garden-related activities that teach children about gardening and caring for the environment. Involving children to develop responsibility for their garden will be central to each webinar.

Foster Kaitiakitanga through Gardening: Jump into Spring Gardening
Wednesday 25th August 2021, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Webinar cost: $45 
Spring is a time of new growth. This webinar will discuss replenishment of soil health so your newly planted seedlings will thrive, choosing the right plants for your garden situation (whether it is garden beds or pots), planting and plant care over Spring.

Foster Kaitiakitanga through Gardening: Summer Proofing Your Garden
Wednesday 24th November 2021, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Webinar cost: $45
Summer can get hot and plants require extra special care. This webinar will include finding the right plants for your garden, planting and care of plants over a long hot Summer to keep them thriving when we need to conserve water.

Other webinars:

Gardening for Sustainability
Thursday 1st July 2021, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Webinar cost $45
As part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, regular and consistent gardening can become a vehicle for sustainability within our early childhood settings. In this webinar we will look at how gardening strengthens sustainability practices, by investigating the relationship between healthy soil and healthy plants, seed sowing tips and care of seedlings, seasonal gardening and keeping children safe.

The Benefits of Gardening for Young Children
Thursday 7th October 2021, 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Webinar cost $45
Gardening has many benefits for young children. This webinar will delve into the physical, social and emotional well-being benefits that can come from engaging children in regular and sustained gardening. It will include discussion on why gardening connects children to nature, and in so doing, teaches them lifelong skills as they learn how to grow their own food and become kaitiaki of their garden. In support of your regular gardening programme, there will be some practical gardening-related activities shared that are easy to implement with children.

Upcoming Workshops for ECE Kaiako based in Christchurch in 2021
All workshops will be held at the New Brighton Community Gardens, Rawhiti Domain, 136 Shaw Avenue, New Brighton

 The Benefits of Gardening for Young Children
Thursday 22nd July 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, Workshop cost $60
Gardening has many benefits for young children. This workshop will delve into the physical, social and emotional well-being benefits that can come from engaging children in regular and sustained gardening. It will include discussion on why gardening connects children to nature, and in so doing, teaches them lifelong skills as they learn how to grow their own food and become kaitiaki of their garden. In support of your regular gardening programme, there will be some practical gardening-related activities shared that are easy to implement with children.

Gardening in Small Spaces
Thursday 23rd September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, Workshop cost $60
Gardening is a great way to connect children with nature and teach them to care for it. However, not all centres have the space for garden beds for their children to work in. This workshop will explore creative ways to engage children in small space gardening, from planters and pots to vertical gardens that are grown up fences and walls. It will include ideas of plants suitable for pots and planters, and how to keep them alive. You will be rewarded in bringing nature into your centre for young children to enjoy and learn from.

Please contact me to find out more about any of these professional development opportunities
Anita Croft 
Phone: 021 047 8844

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