Exploring developmentally appropriate STEM, grounded in play-based learning and integrating art and creative expression. We explore what science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts looks like in early childhood and how practitioners can enrich and create environments that are simple, inexpensive and offer opportunities for high levels of scientific thinking and discussion. Once you know what to look for, you will see it everywhere
Niki Buchan – International Educational Consultant with Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy and Real World Learning Consultancy.
Niki started her career as a scientist before making the career change in 1984 fulfilling her life-long desire to work with young children in nature. She identifies strongly with children’s natural instinct and desire to explore, discover, investigate and experiment as they make sense of the wonderful natural world they live in. She has lived and worked in South Africa and Scotland and has been calling Australia home since 2011.
She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author and has been invited to work in the UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. Niki has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. She trusts children as being capable and competent learners including their ability to assess and take their own risks. She is considered a leading voice in promoting Nature-based practice and is the author of “Children in Wild Nature”, “A Practical Approach to Nature-based Practice” , “Adventurous Play” and co-author of “STEM Detectives”.
Niki is the mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer, seldom seen without a camera in her hand and is usually surrounded by children!