Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Reflections Professional Development Day: October 2014

Forest School & Risky Play
A Professional Development Day focussing on Reflections’ Forest School programme and the significance of risky play; featuring guest speaker, Tim Gill.

Date:               Saturday 18th October 2014, from 9.00am until 3.30pm
Venue:             Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, UK
Cost:                £125 including refreshments & lunch

What are the benefits of Forest School and how can Forest School transform environments and practice in an early years setting? Is childhood being undermined by risk aversion? How should we deal with risk in the early years and how can we ensure that we are giving children challenging experiences.? What are the benefits of ‘risky’ play?  

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and an advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. Tim’s book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society was published in 2007 and is now in its third reprint. Tim appears regularly on radio and television and has given talks in Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan. For more details see: http://rethinkingchildhood.com/

Martin Pace has worked in the childcare sector for over 20 years. He is Director of Reflections Nursery and has attended nine study tours of the infant-toddler centres and pre-schools of Reggio Emilia since 2003. Martin was until recently the Forest School Leader at Reflections and is author of I love Forest School due to be published by Bloomsbury in August 2014. http://www.reflectionsnurseries.co.uk

We welcome registrations from all those working in the area of early childhood and primary education and in outdoor education with young children.

- A tour of Reflections Nursery with a Reflections’ educator and forest skills discussion
- Tim Gill - Presentation & Discussion: Is childhood being undermined by risk aversion?
- Lunch and an opportunity to walk round Reflections Nursery and meet with Reflections’ educators
- Martin Pace - Presentation & Discussion: How Forest School has influenced environments and practice at Reflections and informed our approach to risky play.

Please contact susan@reflectionsnurseries.co.uk for further details.


  1. Hi Martin, Hi Tim,

    I am recommending your event on Facebook etc. to professionals in childcare and early education who need clarification about whether or not to let their children climb trees.

    All the very best,


  2. Excellent! Many thanks, Margaret

    Best wishes