Webinars in 2024
All webinars will be recorded, and participants will receive a link to the recording for one month and a PDF of the presentation.

 Seasonal Gardening in ECE - Winter  REGISTER HERE
Tuesday 21st May 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: $65 incl GST

This webinar is for early childhood kaiako who want to garden with tamariki through the Winter.
Winter tends is a quiet season in the garden, and while growth slows right down, there are still vegetables that can be grown. Gardening is a good way to connect children with nature and teach them how to care for Papatūānuku during the cold winter months. Maramataka and Matariki also play an important role in guiding gardening during Winter. In this webinar we will look at how you can include the garden in your Matariki celebrations and discuss how we might involve tamariki in Winter gardening activities to care and protect it through the cold winter months.

Seasonal Gardening with Children - Winter  REGISTER HERE 
Wednesday 29th May 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Cost: $15

This webinar is for parents or anyone who want to garden with children.
Many children love to garden and there are a lot benefits for them, especially being able  to eat what they grow. While winter tends is a quiet season in the garden, there are some vegetables that can be grown. This online session will include involving your children in caring for the soil over winter, what they could be growing, and planning what to grow for next season. There will be suggestions on how to keep your young gardeners interested and ideas for other garden-related activities that you can do on a cold wet Winter's day.

Seasonal Gardening in ECE - Spring
Tuesday 20th August 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: $65 incl GST

Gardening helps to connect tamariki to the natural world and Spring is the ideal time to capture their interest as trees and flowers come back to life after Winter. Spring is the busiest season of the gardening year as it is a time of new growth.  In this webinar we will discuss how maramataka can be used to guide gardening practices through Spring. We will look at how gardening can help foster kaitiakitanga in tamariki though their involvement in the Spring activities of soil preparation, what to sow and plant in Spring, and caring for plants so you can grow healthy thriving kai in your centres.

Seasonal Gardening in ECE - Summer
Tuesday 19th November 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: $65 incl GST

Summer is a time of enjoying the produce from your garden, and a great way to connect children with nature and teach them how to care for Papatūānuku.  In this webinar we discuss planting and care over a long hot Summer to keep the garden thriving during a time when pests can be prevalent and we need to conserve water. We will look at ways to involve tamariki to care for the Summer garden including water an water conservation, mulching and general care of the soil and plants they are growing. 

 

Professional Learning for Early Childhood Centres
I offer professional development for early childhood centres specialising in gardening with young children and environmental sustainability. This professional development is tailored to your centre needs and along with gardening tips and ideas, can include 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 outside of Christchurch, or in person if you are in Christchurch

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

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