Growing Emotional Resilience in Tamariki Through Gardening

An online workshop exploring the wider benefits of gardening for tamariki learning and holistic developments.

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

Date: Friday 12 April 2024

Format: Online workshop, no recording available

More information

“To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul” – Alfred Austin

Gardening is more than putting a plant in the ground, giving it water, and hoping it will grow. Engaging tamariki in regular gardening experiences provides the perfect opportunity to support emotional resilience. Gardening enhances tamariki connections to nature, teaching respect and care for themselves, the living world and each other.

This workshop will:

  • Investigate current research about the benefits of gardening for health and well-being
  • Examine the wider benefits of gardening for tamariki learning and holistic development
  • Discuss how gardening helps tamariki make connections to Papatūānuku
  • Provide practical ideas to engage tamariki in gardening

Facilitator: Anita Croft

This workshop will be recorded and sent to all registrants.

About the presenter

Anita Croft

Anita Croft is the the owner and educator of Growing Kiwi Gardeners. She is a qualified early childhood teacher and holds a Master of Education degree where she studied pre-service early childhood teachers' preparedness to teach education for sustainability.

Based in Christchurch, Growing Kiwi Gardeners runs a hands-on gardening programme for tamariki in early childhood services, and consultation on gardening and sustainable practices. Anita also offers a fully supported12-month online gardening programme designed for kaiako and/or services starting out in their gardening curriculum that is available to early childhood services across Aotearoa.

To further support kaiako and services to be successful in their gardening and sustainability practices, Anita offers specialised professional learning and development that is available through webinars, workshops, and whole-centre professional learning tailored to your centre needs.

Registration information

  • $70 for ECC Members
  • $140 for non members

Any cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance of the workshop will incur a 10% administration fee. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will not be eligible for a refund. We will endeavour to provide as much advance notice of a change as is possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for staff time or backfilling positions


Use this form to register online for the workshop, or alternatively you can book directly on the Humanitix event listing. ECC members can find their discount code in the member portal.