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Play the Nature Way


Nature play practitioner training

Play the Nature Way® is a bespoke course created by Carly Budd, a Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist, Developmental Play Expert and founder of the Developmental Play Academy®. 

This training has been created for children aged 1-5 in mind, however it is suitable for older children too (up to approx 8 years) making it ideal as a family session.


what's included?

Delivering Play the Nature Way® sessions

This course not only supports you in the why for play in nature, it also provides you with a module on how to deliver your sessions as a Play the Nature Way® Practitioner. It includes your very own manual with access to over 75 Paediatric Occupational Therapist approved Play the Nature Way®  activities, PLUS a variety of additional activity ideas in THIRTY teaching plans. This training has been created for children aged 1-5 in mind, however it is suitable for older children too (up to approx 8 years) making it ideal as a sibling session.


Examples of themed sessions included: 

  • Seasons - spring, summer, autumn, winter

  • New Moon and Full Moon

  • Weather such as Rain Rain, Come and Play! 

  • Flower Fairies

  • Terrific Trees

  • Cycles - such as egg to chick, caterpillar to butterfly 

  • Celebrations - Ostara, Beltane, Summer, Solstice, Winter Solstice and more!


Ensuring Safe and Happy Play the Nature Way®

A module on how to ensure the safety of your families, such as risk assessment, insurances, first aid as well as respect for nature when delivering Play the Nature Way® is included to support you in safely delivering Play the Nature Way®, both outdoors and indoors.


As well as Carly’s online video lectures there are two recorded Expert Guests lectures too! Rebecca Jepson fellow Paediatric Occupational Therapist with a specialism in Ecosensory Therapy, as well as Louise Marie, Founder of SHE's Medicine, Women’s Circle Facilitator Training, and Forest School Leader.

When you invest in this training, you will have the option to join the Carly Budd Developmental Play Academy Student Forum (via Facebook) for ongoing support and networking with other students and Practitioners of the Academy.


How to Study

This course is completed online, in your own time, with no time limit to complete.


You will study 4 modules, and submit 3 short written assessments. You will be required to create and submit your own teaching plan (including considerations of risk) to Carly for assessment. There is a small practical assessment consisting of a 5-10 minute video recording of the student presenting at least one of these activities and their developmental benefits (either in a real life session or as a mock session).

On completion you will receive a certificate of study in Play the Nature Way®:Nature Play Practitioner, and will be able to deliver your own Nature Play sessions for parents and children age 1-5. You will need to obtain your own insurance to work with children outside, including public liability and professional indemnity insurance.


Investment for this course is £599 with no onward fees or costs. Pay in full or in instalments via Klarna or ClearPay (subject to their Ts and Cs).


Carly Budd Developmental Play Academy is not a franchise, rather an online training academy offering high quality courses created and delivered by a highly specialised and registered health professional. You have freedom and creativity to deliver your classes and sessions without the costs or constraints of a franchise, but with the benefits of offering OT approved services, ongoing support from a global community of practitioners as well as Carly herself. There are also opportunities for ongoing CPD when you join this supportive global community.



*Those enrolling must have their own professional indemnity and public liability insurances in place to practice. Please NB: Lifetime Access to courses refers to business lifetime and for the duration of the Developmental Play Academy's existence.

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"This course is way more than I expected,  I love how Carly has used her amazing knowledge as an OT, her play expertise and her love for nature, and put it together in a genius course. This work is the future of Toddler Classes, and I couldn't be happier to be starting my journey here at the Developmental Play Academy with Play The Nature Way"

Abbii - Loving Little Minds UK

“I would highly recommend Carly's PTNW course. Throughout, it is professional, well structured and written so thoughtfully (especially around the important topics of inclusivity within the early years) As a busy mother of three young children, I really enjoyed the course content as it gave me quick, easy and inexpensive play ideas for my own family. The course was ideal for me as it offered flexible learning, meaning I could study in my own time and at my own pace. Carly and her team have created an amazing course. The work they're doing in the world is so important in helping early years' practitioners to expand their knowledge and offerings to help support a wide range of families."

Tara- Sacred Space with Tara

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