Author, Educator, Parenting and Resilience specialist
Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.
Angus Gorrie, a seasoned education worker and student of both business and psychology, has led many an outdoor adventure camp or fishing trip with kids – immersing them in nature to teach resilience, respect and compassion. His day to role as Program Manager at Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care has given him nearly 10 years observational insight into the practical implementation of loose parts play, risky play and nature play. Observing literally thousands of children develop in these environments has firmly cemented, with substantial reason, his commitment to championing these truly free pursuits
NBL Star and frontline practitioner of Playwork pedagogy
Isaih Tueta, NBL star and frontline practitioner of Playwork pedagogy, has over 5 years of industry experience. Formally qualified in Playwork practice by UK based training group Pop Up Adventure Play, Isaih utilises his skill and knowledge as a full-time member of the Camp Hill OSHC management team. Isaih facilitates amazing play based learning opportunities on a daily basis by scaffolding a unique array of loose parts, ensuring risk management and risk benefit are applied, and most importantly for a play worker, by knowing when to step back and let the learning simply happen.
Primary Principal, Education Queensland
Vicki Hyne is a primary principal with Education Queensland, based at Moorooka State School. She is passionate about ensuring all students are provided with a holistic education that includes multiple opportunities to experience and demonstrate curriculum knowledge through collaborative inquiry and outdoor learning challenges.
Vicki has been working closely with Nature Play Qld for the past year to lead an outdoor learning agenda that incorporates risk-benefit play and alternate pedagogical approaches.
Principal, Tambourine Mountain State School
Jason is an educational innovator, contemporary leader and community developer influencing child-centric learning.
Previously Principal Blackall P-12 SS, Head of Department – English and Panel Chair – Senior English (South Coast and Central Queensland Regions. Have been named The Educator’s 2018 Hot List – yearly roundup of the most influential figures in Australian education.
Principal of 2018 Australian Primary School of the Year (Govt) – Australian Education Awards
Creator and Founder, Bush Kinder Australia
Doug Fargher is the creator and founder of Bush Kinder in Australia. The ensuing Bush Kindergarten movement that has blossomed as a consequence sprang from many years of establishing, piloting and working with academics and government bodies to establish a robust and important Bush Kinder program. ‘Bush Kinder Doug’ as he has come to be known is an educational innovator, who is a sought after keynote speaker, writer, and educational consultant. He is a contributing author to The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (3rd Edition), spoken on panels at international Early Childhood Conferences and is a board member of the IANP (International Association of Nature Pedagogy), and on the steering committee of ECOLN (Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network). Bush Kinder Doug remains a hands on educator with over 25 years of teaching and directing
Company Director, Phoenix Support
Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support. Her framework, The Phoenix Cups, have not only revolutionised how educators work with children’s behaviour, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The approach provides a framework of how to understand and respond positively to differences and conflict. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together. Sandi is highly regarded nationwide as a speaker, coach, mentor and Professional Development Facilitator for the education and care sector.
Education Coordinator, Nature Play QLD
Anya moved to Queensland from the UK in September 2015 with the desire to continue to use her knowledge and experience to promote greater opportunities for children to engage in outdoor nature play based learning. Whilst completing a degree in Primary Education she developed a professional interest in the area of outdoor nature play provision and took her study into outdoor learning further completing her Master in Education. She later spent five years as an Early Years and Primary teacher, while also training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader. Anya has created on-site Forest School areas, coordinated a whole school/ community development towards increasing outdoor nature play learning opportunities and has supported and trained colleagues and parents in the importance of regular nature play opportunities. She has also managed and delivered Forest School programs in and out of term times both in a childcare setting and in local woodlands.
Service Manager, Camp Hill OSHC
Todd Ada - Todd Ada is the Service Manager at Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care and has worked within the Childcare and School Age Care industry for over 10 years. Todd completed his Bachelors of Education Degree in Primary and Middle School in 2007 and has worked as a Manager of Camp Hill OSHC since 2009. He is also currently studying a certificate in Playwork and is passionate about children's development and growth and the important role that play has in developing the wholistic child. As a Service Manager and Nominated Supervisor of the service, Todd understands the many complexities of the industry and the barriers that we all face but is excited with the way he sees the industry heading.