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Play England’s Exploring Nature Play South West: John Muir Award  2013

Five month project run on behalf of Play England’s Exploring Nature Play South West Project, organising a John Muir Award (discovery level), aiming to connect children and families to wild spaces within the Torbay area. Involving family groups, ages from five to sixty.

I think Dan would have been a John Muir- Child Adventurer, John Muir Award Project
Well thought out and planned, relaxed, flexible, focused and reflective- Adult adventurer, John Muir Adventure Project
The sessions were well thought out and inclusive- Adult Adventurer, John Muir Adventure Project

Professional recommendations for Dan

Having worked with Dan for several years it was a great opportunity when Dan asked if Exploring Nature Play (SW) would be interested in hosting him as a World of difference Vodafone Volunteer through NCB our project host. Dan is a well experienced early years provider, with a wealth of play knowledge, so both Play Torbay and Play England were delighted when NCB accepted the offer and we were all over the moon when WOD Vodafone offered Dan one of only 500 placements! Dan and I discussed what would be the focus and decided that the delivery of a John Muir Award Discovery award would be a great way forward. Dan’s preparation, planning and delivery of this project was amazing – the feedback from those who took part was understandably fantastic… Dan led the project with confidence, experience, and professionalism. Dan links the world of early years, play and environmental projects together seamlessly.. providing great opportunities for everyone to be involved in play. Dan’s next adventure will be supporting Play England – Explore Play Connect – In the City conference on 7th October – London .. I would highly recommend joining Dan and Sylvan adventures on their next exploration / adventure!- Jane Hembrow: Play Guru
I have been working with Dan at Fort Apache Adventure playground in Hele, Torquay for the last year. He works at our free play sessions during the holidays and provides environmental activities, fire lighting, bug hunting, green woodworking, whittling etc. I have also worked with him providing sessions for Torquay Academy at the summer school last year. Dan is very knowledgeable about the environment, he has a good rapport with children of all ages and can serve as a good role model at the playground. He has a quiet, calm approach with the children and is patient when explaining things to them. He understands the value of childrens play and makes sure that all the work he does has a playful element. I would be happy to recommend him as an environmental playworker.- Theo Tanser: Forest school practitioner

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