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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Thursday, April 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A New Zealand Community Perspective on Enhancing Positive Risk Taking Outdoors FULL
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This presentation will document a journey of the children and families at the YMCA Early Learning Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, based on the observations of the children taking more risks in the environment through their play. It will also consider how adults react to the increase of risk-taking behavior in children.
Vsits to the local bush enhance children's understanding of moving in this space with, and alongside, others. Everyone learns how to keep ourselves safe and be good stewards of this land including how to respect, listen, interact within these natural spaces confidently and competently.
The session will highlight:
1: The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum: Te Whaariki.
2: How learning and development is supported in the natural environment through a New Zealand perspective.
3: How Appreciative Inquiry delights, inspires and respects the process of review.

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Lorraine Duncumb

Group Manager ECE, YMCA Auckland Region
I am still inspired by children and how they see their world. Their curiosity opens up many conversations for us all to learn from. My passion is providing nature rich experiences for children to build resilience and knowledge of stewardship of the environments we interact with. I... Read More →
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Shannon Keane

Centre Manager, YMCA Auckland
Kia Ora/Hello, My name is Shannon Keane and I have been a passionate Early Childhood advocator/Teacher for the past 16+ years. I have been in different roles throughout my career in and around early childhood environments. I was born in New Zealand and I am very proud of our... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)