toddler group amsterdam
Unforgettable family classes in Amsterdam to awaken to the nature-connection

Mini Buffalo: far more than an outdoor Toddler group...

SPECIAL POST-LOCKDOWN EVENT !
After a period of isolation in our homes, more or less disconnected from our community, its time now to reconnect with each other as parents and enjoy nature together again (of course respecting a safe distance between each other).

Our Outdoor June sessions on Friday 5, 12, 19 and 26 June 10:30-11:30 will be about opening up, like the June flowers that open up around us. What do we, as parents, have to share with each other? How did we experience the intensity of more family time indoors. What limits did we stumble upon and what treasures did we discover in our confinement?

Let’s also celebrate with our toddlers everything the park nature has to offer us in June: soft green grass, colourful smelly flowers, blossoming trees, happy birds, young animals….Through play and songs we will enjoy outdoors together.

Friday 5:  Back together in nature, time to share !

Friday 12: Let’s discover nature’s qualities … and our own! 

Friday 19: Summer solstice: transition into new times, how do we deal with changes?

Friday 26: Summer all over ! Wether at home or on holidays, it may be difficult to actually rest with a toddler. How to keep the holidays relaxed and enjoyable for everyone ?

Parent - Toddler coaching in Amsterdam: deeply connect to your child while living magic moments in nature

She loved playing a rabbit,
and she was so proud of her Indian name!

Coralie, mother

This programme is designed for curious creatures who have an endless love for exploring. Mornings are a good moment for first steps in nature. Observation of nature and seasons takes time… we will make sure toddlers cultivate the sense of wonder and lead the exploring at their own rhythm. 

Among other nature activities, we will freeze to listen to birds chirping, walk along flowers and bushes we’ll name, create nature perfumes, use our owl eyes to catch tiny living wonders, play touch & feel and develop self-care habits. Our adventure sessions will be filled with hugs, imaginative co-stories, emotion games and endless races. The parents will train to systematize a let-go attitude to foster their child’s self-confidence. This programme aims to deepen the connection between parent & child and between child & nature.

All sessions are led in English. Nature Mediators speak Dutch and at least a third language. This is not a drop-off class : the parent actively participates to the sessions with the child. Make sure you are available for quality time with your child. Siblings are welcome to enroll : one child = one adult. Parents are responsible for their child’s safety. Once a month, Experts will lead the session, as scheduled in the enrichment programme. 

When?

On Friday
10:30 – 11:50

Check the precise calendar here

Where?

Beatrixpark

In case of extreme weather*, meet at our shelter: Vrijburg.

*Extreme cold, wind, hard shower… You will receive a message

Meet your CONNECTION COACHES, IN NATURE!

Judith Duijn

Coach at Kidstime Coaching and baby sign Teacher at Gebarenstem. 

Meaningful communication brings us closer to our own nature and helps us to connect better with the beautiful nature that we are living in.

From: the Netherlands. Speaks: Dutch, English and French.

As leader of a community center in the suburbs of Amsterdam I develloped my skills in working with families. My interest in the interaction between parents and children started growing, and when I became the stepmum of my husband’s two children and later became a mother myself, I supplemented my practical experience with a professional training as kid’s coach.

As a coach I focus on meaningful and positive communication between parents and children. One of the tools in my work is using Signs in the interaction. Signing helps children to understand and to express themselves. It is also an effective way to create a succesful connection between parents and children.

With my work at Naya Nature I get to combine all the above with yet another big interest: being in Nature. I grew up playing outside all the time and loving it.

I want to pass on this happy part of my upbringing to my children.

Nature provides an everlasting inspiring playground to discover and connect with.

It is my dream that all children get the chance to connect with nature and their own true nature. I believe that it is the key to make our world a better place.

When Judith is not available:
Claire Bano Devautour

Educational Counselor & Nature Mediator

Master in Counselling and Mediation in Education – Certificate in early childhood education – more than 15 Years of Experience working with children.

Certified First Aid Provider for babies and children.

It makes me hopeful and incredibly happy to see children connec with nature.

From: France.      Speaks: French, English, Dutch, Spanish and Tamil.

Being part of the Naya Nature journey gives me the opportunity to work towards the accomplishment of two of my most important life-objectives: 1. Develop, use and spread the methods of respectful and positive education. 2. Encourage and foster love and connection with nature. I belong in the field, along with children and their families. My background is that of a teacher, an educator and an education counsellor. I worked for the Eco-schoolsprogramme in France and contributed to developing an eco-center in India. I am addicted to fresh air and green spaces. Naya Nature makes me hopeful for the future.

BE PREPARED

We will meet rain or shine. Naya Nature provides rain pants. A windbreaker with hood is required. We suggest long comfortable pants that can get dirty and waterproof sneakers rather than rain boots, which are not suitable for climbing or running. As you’ll be in nature, just imitate nature for your clothes: dress like an onion ! > See FAQ for more information

How much?

4 outdoors coaching sessions
Post LOCKDOWN

Flat rate: 83€*

* Per enrolled pair
** To welcome and guide 1 parent + 1 toddler. Included VAT. Any registration not cancelled on the Monday preceding the session will be taken into account. Possibility to postpone a session with notice no later than the previous Monday. Below 4 participants, the session does not take place.