Mudiad Meithrin Training Days – ‘Being Outdoors’

24 April 2024 – Plas Menai,

Caernarfon, LL15 1UE


25 April 2024 – Cefn Lea,

Newtown, SY16 4AJ


26 April 2024 – National Botanic Garden of Wales,

Llanarthne, SA32 8HN


10.00 – 15.30 – Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


Suitable for: Mudiad Meithrin and Cwlwm practitioners, Early Years Advisory Teachers

Join us for a whole day outdoors celebrating the natural environment. Over three days in April, in north, mid and south Wales we will explore the wonder of the outdoors, network and share new ideas – whatever the weather!

We will start the day with our keynote speaker:


Pete Moorhouse

Pete Moorhouse – Pete is an artist educator and an early years creative consultant. He has over 25 years’ experience of working as an Artist Educator within schools and settings. Pete is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol and has researched creativity, critical thinking and reflective learning practice and assessment methods for monitoring creative progression. His work is inspired by his in-depth study of the Reggio Emilia approach, Froebelian principles and his research in Japan, New Zealand and USA.

In his presentation Pete will take us on a journey of creativity in the outdoors; risk taking in young children; risky play; the role of the enabling adult in the outdoors; physical literacy; how this links with the curriculum for Cylchoedd Meithrin and day nurseries.



There will then be the opportunity to attend three different workshops throughout the day. The workshops will take place in the outdoors as much as possible (there will be shelter if the weather is adverse.) Each workshop will explore the experiences that can be provided to young children from different perspectives. Joining Pete to deliver the workshops will be the actress and author, Leisa Mererid and Dr Glenda Tinney, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education and Humanities at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.


Leisa Mererid                                                    Dr Glenys Tinney


Workshop 1- How to develop creativity in the outdoors (in English): Pete will explore a holistic approach to the outdoors focusing on how to develop creativity in our young learners.

Workshop 2 – Mindfulness in young children (in Welsh – with simultaneous translation available) Leisa will demonstrate how to introduce yoga and breathing exercises to young children; what physical literacy means; where the child belongs in nature; and the effect nature can have on young children’s well-being.

Workshop 3 – How to develop communication and mathematical concepts in the outdoors (in Welsh – with simultaneous translation available) Glenda will explore how to develop children’s communication skills and mathematical concepts in the outdoors.

Helen Williams, Head of Training, Learning and Development at Mudiad Meithrin will also be joining us during the day to share information on training opportunities for practitioners in the outdoors.

To close the day there will be an opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues, along with some light refreshments.

The whole day will be free of charge, and we look forward to seeing you.


To register interest, select the most convenient location for you and click on the link below:

*Registration of interest does not guarantee your place as there is a limit to the number of attendees we can admit to these events.

If you are successful in obtaining a place at your location of choice, we will contact you to confirm.

Please do not attend the event without receiving this confirmation.


 Closing date for registration: 11 April 2024