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'Play IS the Child’


‘Play IS the Child’

The role of the adult in a high quality learning environment

Play is often undervalued as frivolous and something children do when they have done their 'work' instead of the inspiring learning ‘tool’ it is. Through a range of play types, including risky play, children will learn about this exciting world full of discoveries when given the time, space and a level of freedom. We will explore the difference between high quality interactions and, often well intentioned, interference and share how the practitioner can provide a motivational and stimulating learning environment through providing simple resources.

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Tuesday 14th May 2019


New Kings Lecture Theatre NK6
University of Aberdeen - See map here.

Building 22 on Map - See campus map here.

Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm

  (approximate times)

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019
7.00 – 8.30pm
New Kings Lecture Theatre - NK6 - University of Aberdeen
Niki Buchan
Members free - Non-Members £10.00 - Students £5.00
How to book: 
Online via the Early Education Website – by clicking on the event – if you are an Early Education member, in order to claim your free place, please login to your account and use the following discount code: EEABERDEEN. If you would like to pay the student rate, please email us at Any queries and requests for invoices should be directed to the following email address in the first instance:
Speaker Bios: 

Niki Buchan – International Educational Consultant with Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy and Real World Learning Consultancy.

With a biomedical background, Niki has lived and worked in South Africa and Scotland and has been calling Australia home since 2011. Niki has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 35 years.

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, China, 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 including their ability to assess and take their own risks and face challenges. Niki believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them. 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 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!

Event type: 
Evening event
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