Ferne Van Zyl
Jan 2022

“ME DO IT!”: The joy of learning for toddlers in the kitchen

Ferne Van Zyl
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Toddlers love to do what they see us doing, and food and all other activities related are occasions for education. First experiences need to be positive for both adult and child for trust and confidence to develop.

This session, "Me do it!", was completely based on your questions! Ferne van Zyl answered your questions about Montessori practical life, toilet learning, and Montessori in general.


January 12, 2022


8pm CET (Prague)
2pm EDT
11am PDT


Online on ZOOM
Ferne Van Zyl

Ferne’s Montessori journey began over 20 years ago as the owner and operator of Down Under 3, a Montessori based learning centre for babies and toddlers in Sydney, Australia. Through her work with parents and carers she began facilitating the hugely successful Faber and Mazlish parent workshops “How to Talk so Kids will Listen” and “Siblings without Rivalry” and developed a “Toileting Independence” workshop which earned her the nick-name “The Poo-Poo Guru”.

​Since founding The Independent Child in 2016 she has provided training and support for hundreds of families on setting up environments for independence, effective communication skills and practical strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour. Recognised for her personally developed Supporting Freedom and Self-Discipline workshop, her Independent Toileting program and her expertise in early childhood development and communication, she consults to parents all over the world as well as to early childhood educators and Montessori organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

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