Hello and welcome.
My name is Joanne Sørensen and l live in North Brisbane.
Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s my family spent many holidays camping and fishing.
Being in nature was a huge part of my childhood and is now also influencing my life, family and work.
My professional career
I have been in the early childhood industry since 1990 in a number of different roles. I hold an Assoc. Diploma of Education and a Bachelor Of Education- PreService -Early Childhood degree. As a registered teacher l have a Positive Exemption card and all current First Aid .
I have been a Kindy teacher for over 20 years at a local C&K – The Creche and Kindergarten Association -not for profit community service working a 5 day fortnight since my children were born.
For several years l have also trained C&K teachers in the practical aspects of taking children into nature and continue to mentor many services. https://www.candk.asn.au/
I have been taking children into nature for a very long time and joined QECSN – Queensland Early Childhood Sustainable Network in about 2000. https://www.qecsn.org.au/
I have a long association with Denmark as my Husband is Danish. I am very fortunate to have visited a wide variety of nature services there for almost 20 years. I love to be involved in training opportunities and over the years have studied internationally several times. http://www.insideoutnature.com/
I was fortunate to be part of the first FSLI – Forest School Learning Initiative- training in Australia in 2016 and gained a wealth of skills to become a Forest School Leader Level 3. I now work part time for FSLI supervising and assessing students in their practical aspects to become Forest School Leaders . https://www.fsli.co.uk/
A huge focus of my teaching has been taking children into nature , being engaged and immersed in this environment. For many years I had wanted to create my own business to connect children and families with nature and as my girls were entering high school it- was the perfect timing.
In 2020 l was part of the committee to form the Australian Forest School Association. I am currently the president. This is a not for profit group whose aim is to promote nature immersion services for children of diverse environments ( including the beach, bush and service based) and multiple ages across Australia.