I’m a Mother to 3 awesome daughters, now aged 10, 8.5 and 6.5, who, alongside my husband, are my inspiration.
We live on 22 acres of Peramangk country with a creek and native bushland and some sheep and alpacas.
I love sleeping in a swag in the bush and near the ocean.
I am someone who must be outside every day to awaken my senses and to soak in its beauty.
I love our space. It’s therapy for me and I want to share it with others.
I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, majoring in Physical Education. Favourite subject: Adventure Therapy.
I am a Mandated Notifier and hold both current Senior First Aid and Police Clearance.
I’ve immersed myself in research and professional development in Nature-based, play-based, child-led outdoor and experiential learning.
I will continue to search for personalised mentoring for myself from inspired leaders and doers in our industry, both locally and internationally.
In late 2017 I went on a 20-day Study Tour with Niki Buchan to Scotland, England and Iceland to “visit spaces of best practice in the Early Years”.
I’ve absorbed information and guidance from many people, particularly:
I would like to thank our beautiful neighbour, Marcia, for supporting our whole process.
Bush Play Program – “This well-researched and planned program has many benefits to children and the environment. The benefits to children of having access to natural spaces is evidenced by a number of important research projects. During this program the adults will be supported by the highly qualified Mrs McEwen in helping them implement and understand a nature-based philosophy. New skills and the confidence gained in being outdoors will be carried into the everyday lives of children and families, which, in turn, will help children develop a love and respect for the natural world. Increased adult to child ratios ensure high levels of supervision with Mrs McEwen always present as an additional adult to guide the children and their accompanying adults.”
Niki Buchan, Leading Educational Consultant/Keynote Speaker/Authority in Outdoor Learning and Play.