Professional Development

Jennifer McCormack (Geira Jen) offers educational consultancy for early childhood services, drawing upon 20 years of experience teaching across all early years and primary settings, and nature play/forest learning. Jennifer is an accomplished storyteller, artist, nature pedagogue and ceremony keeper.

Jennifer has presented at national and local conferences including the Queensland Workforce Council, Inspired EC National Conference, National Nature Pedagogy Conference, and local community kindergartens, child care centres and playgroups.

Professional development services include workshops and speaking engagements:

The Culture of Childhood – providing a service that speaks directly to the living world of a child and demonstrates a deep and resonating connection to children’s unique development and life experience.

Vision, Philosophy and our Relationship to our Profession – move together through creative visioning processes to enliven, clarify and deepen our values, goals and vision for early childhood education. A workshop for the whole team to connect, inspire and re-align yourselves with a common goal for your work together in early childhood.

Introducing Nature Play – supporting services to implement a nature-based curriculum within their local community, including daily nature experiences, sustainable education, risky play and respectful cultural relationships.

Ecological Storytelling Using the traditional art of oral storytelling to document and inspire children’s play themes and deep connection to local environments. Next training is here: 

Artistry in Education Educators are artists. Our craft is to observe, reflect, respond and create in collaboration with children. Jennifer discusses working with children using our artist eyes to frame our responses, co-construct our environment, and celebrate children’s play, projects and artistry. This is an opportunity to engage in practical skills including watercolour painting, fibre art, and exploration with loose parts.

To engage Jennifer at your service for consultation or workshops, please use this contact form: