Nature Play in Early Childhood

Cool Australia
Educating for a Sustainable future
Get children learning outside and enjoying the many benefits of learning in nature. This course supports the NQS and EYLF.
Target Audience
Early childhood educators, centre directors, managers and others working with early childhood services.
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

A growing body of research suggests that nature play helps children develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social and moral capacities. There are many ways to integrate nature play into your learning programs, no matter where your early childhood service is located.

In this 2 hour online course, you will explore:

  • Research about how nature play helps childhood development.
  • Ways to integrate nature play into your service’s programs.
  • Opportunities and barriers.
  • How to talk to families and involve your community.
  • A range of teaching resources linked to the EYLF.

Build your confidence and skills. Explore the course at your own pace, in your own time.
Learn today, teach tomorrow.


Early childhood educators, centre directors, managers and others working with early childhood services.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

My school has TTA School Membership - If your school has TTA School Membership and will be paying for your course, please enrol in the normal way. Upon submitting your enrolment confirmation, your enrolment request will be sent to your PD Coordinator for approval. Once they approve the enrolment you will be emailed with details for course access. The school will not be charged until the PD Coordinator approves the enrolment.

Did you know that courses are 50% off with TTA School Membership? - Click here to learn more about School Membership

Do you have a team of teachers interested in this course? - If several teachers would benefit from this course, you can pay as little as $850 + GST and give all teachers access to this course. To learn more, click on the tab ‘WHOLE SCHOOL ONLINE’ above

Money Back Guarantee - If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren’t impressed, simply visit to let us know what happend, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.

This course supports the EYLF in Outcomes 2, 3 and 4.
It also supports achieving National Quality Standard 2.2 and 3.2.

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.3.2 Proficient Level – Curriculum, assessment and reporting
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies
6.2.2 Proficient Level – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you


Completing this course will contribute 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.3.2 & 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


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20 minutes

Introduce yourself to the course group and get outside in nature.

The Benefits

15 minutes

Think about how children’s health is changing and find out about the many benefits of nature play.

Types of Nature Play

30 minutes

Discover the types of nature play and consider what will be appropriate for your early childhood service or organisation.


20 minutes

Explore nature play resources that help your service achieve Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes and the requirements of the National Quality Standard (NQS).

Overcoming Challenges

20 minutes

Find out about risk management and how to talk to families about nature play.


15 minutes

Use a fun reflection tool to think about your learning and consider your next steps.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these optional lessons to deepen your learning.

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About the team

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.