NSW ECEEN

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network

Current Workshops - Available for your community


The following presentations are currently available: Download our current brochure

Connecting to Nature
Perfect for parent meetings- to help staff and families understand the importance of strong connections with nature for their children. We discuss Risk benefit and challenges with consideration of increasing contact with nature into the curriculum. 1 hr session presented by Deb Watson or Julie Gaul.

Nurturing the Seed
An overview of potentials and assistance to get started with a plan based on your strengths, this 2 hr mentoring session visits your service and utilises Eco Smart to conduct the beginning of your audit and get your team started. Conducted by Julie Gaul.

Green All Over- Sustainability and your QIP
As a single 2-3 hr session reviewing the development of a sustainable QIP using Eco Smart for Early Childhood. This presentation is designed for service level with a number of the team participating. Presented by both Deb Watson and Julie Gaul as a team or individually.

Lets Go! Do you wish to extend your curriculum with children in environments outside the gate?
An opportunity to unpack Bush and Beach regular excursions. We review benefits, managing risks and increasing learning opportunities. This 2-3 hr session can be extended over a series of sessions to build your teams confidence and skill set. Can be presented by Deb Watson, Julie Gaul and Fran Hughes.

Eco Smart for early Childhood and or Family Day Care
As a single 2-3 hr session reviewing the development of a sustainable QIP using Eco Smart for Family Day Care. This presentation is designed for service level with a number of the team participating. Presented by both Deb Watson and Julie Gaul as a team or individually.

Leading for Sustainability
A series of 6 sessions utilising Eco Smart tool for developing a sustainable QIP with management of change. In order to reach the regional areas this can be presented as either a long weekend commencing Friday afternoon - ending Sunday midday, or as a 2 day workshop or for Sydney regions as 5 evenings spread across a workable time frame . Presented as a team by Julie Gaul and Deb Watson.

Leading the Dream
Together we will develop a vision of what is possible for families, staff and children within your service and work towards it’s reality, This session suits those reviewing or developing their QIP and introduces the concept of Sustainability and Leading for Change.

Bringing Education for Sustainability into the Curriculum
Taking a green lens to the EYLF and bringing sustainable activities into the curriculum.

Beyond Little Green Steps
A series of 5, sessions for teams working through sustainable actions and the NQS. This series uses Eco Smart for Early Childhood, a tool to assist sustainable QIP development and goes Beyond Little Green Steps including hands on activities as well as considering change issues. Ideally offered over 2 days which can be either Friday- Saturday or 2 separate days. Presented as a team by Julie Gaul and Deb Watson.

Bringing Sustainability to your OOSH program
As a single 2-3 hr session reviewing the development of a sustainable QIP using Eco Smart and focusing on OOSH services. This presentation is designed for service level with a number of the team participating. Presented by both Deb Watson and Julie Gaul as a team or individually.

Individual components of ECO Smart
The following 2 or 3-hour workshops investigate specific areas of the National Quality Standards and Eco Smart to support the sustainable operations of the service. Presented by Julie Gaul and or Deb Watson as a team or individually.

Cleaning with less Chemicals
Specifically for Early Childhood Services we consider implications of chemical use and propose suitable alternatives

Food for Thought
Exploring sustainability and the foods we prepare and eat with young children

Developing a Low Waste program
What to consider how to introduce the change and strategies to keep the momentum going.

Planning and Planting
Design considerations for ECH specific needs with inspiration and a hands on workshop to develop either your own no dig garden, worm farm or compost site.

Connecting Children to Nature through Art 1
A shorter presentation perfect for the staff meeting, sit back and be inspired to consider art as a medium of communication, see examples and learn more about the principles behind Visual Arts and consider how Nature provides bountifully (1 or 2 hour session)

Connecting Children to Nature through Art and Play
A fun hands on opportunity to explore natural materials including Cobb, weaving, Natural art, paper making and much more (3 hr session)

Education for Sustainability- Online learning module- ECA and ECEEN
ECA's Learning module developed with ECEEN is a great tool to start your years professional development.
The module has been developed to provide educators with an understanding of what 'sustainability' really means and how they can build the sustainability of their early childhood education and care service in meaningful ways.Here is the link for the module. It is available to purchase through the ECA Learning Hub website, and it is also available as a part of an ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription.
http://ecalearninghub.e3learning.com.au/content/store/store.jsp?category=Programming%20and%20Pedagogy
http://ecalearninghub.e3learning.com.au/content/store/store.jsp?category=Programming%20and%20Pedagog

Resource use
What are you using and how sustainable is your use of our Earth’s resources?

EcoSmart Centres- NESA accredited
Utilising the revised NQS, EcoSmart Centres is a program for early years services wishing to further their journey of becoming a sustainable , environmentally responsible service provider. There is no end in this journey but a plan designed for collaboration and inclusion of children, staff,families and community will ensure the service is on the right path. This program includes 12 hours of NESA accredited teacher training, with the option of a further 3 hrs mentoring.

ECEEN is currently developing workshops for Family day care and OOSH so please contact us with your requirements.

To book a workshop click here or discuss your needs contact us


Workshops designed for your organisation's needs.

ECEEN works with regional groups, or an individual service.

We can;

  • Assist you to identify strengths and needs.
  • Design workshops to progress the change, working with management and staff to develop strategies for growth.
  • Facilitate practical sessions to incorporate environmentally sustainable practises into the curriculum.

Learning for Sustainable Development is more than Greening your physical environment and includes working with teachers and management to consider educational strategies for living a sustainable life.

We seek to work with your strengths and identify areas where a cultural shift is possible.

Our trainers are Early Childhood Professionals with an Environmental strength, who understand the unique constraints and demands of working with young children.

Contact us to speak with one of our trainers or submit your request.

Consider gathering a few local services together to hold a workshop. A number of NSW Councils have supported groups of EC services with contributions towards sessions. Talk to us to find out more.


Guest Speakers.

Members of ECEEN are invited to join our meetings, where guest speakers present their expertise.