Professional development for Educators: Working with Worms Module 1 & 2 - The Artground


Professional development for Educators: Working with Worms Module 1 & 2

L E V E L  1

Join us in our latest online gardening-inspired arts workshop specially curated for early childhood educators titled Working with Worms facilitated by Cultivate Central in collaboration with The ArtgroundThis interactive online workshop will include activity sheets, programme design framework, videos, live quizzes and a sharing of ideas and experiences. 

Working with Worms gives early educators access to how one of our key creative partners at The Artground designs, develops and delivers gardening-inspired arts educational experiences for preschoolers.

Course Information

Please Email if you are keen to organise a group booking. Minimum 18 teachers per session, maximum 22 teachers per session.

Duration: 1 hr 45 mins
Cost: $25 per participant
(inclusive of e-materials and e-certificate)
Online LIVE stream via Zoom
Full payment must be made before training date

What is Working with Worms?

Gardening-inspired arts programmes make for holistic learning, creativity, connection to nature and community, and early educators play an important role in creating these well-rounded opportunities in easily accessible eco-systems.


1) Navigate and create experiences across multiple disciplines in an immediate and accessible setting.

2) Gain knowledge and tools about worms, soil or composting that will lead to unique and creative lessons about the life beneath our feet.

3) Develop confidence in creating cross disciplinary earth stewardship initiatives and achieving NEL objectives through approachable, age appropriate, impactful tried and tested activities.

4) Through a Soil to Soil approach, zoom into the topic of worms, composting and soil, and fuse your lessons with art, purposeful play and creative expressions. 


1) Sharing of gardening-inspired arts experiences and mapping possibilities
2) Why does soil matter in early education?
3) Why work with worms?
4) Composting in a preschool setting
5) Experience multidisciplinary outcomes and activities

L E V E L  2

Level 2 of Working with Worms is a hands-on experience geared towards empowering a small group of eco-stewards in your preschool. With this
module, educators will be able to lead sustainable garden inspired programmes.

This innovative module will include a Worms on Wheels Kit by Cultivate Central for your teachers to assemble and kick start. With the guidance, tools, support, ideas and lesson plans included in this module, educators will be able to create a worm hotel and soil-based ecosystem for children to access and engage with up close. Educators will also receive support via a post workshop Facebook Group run by team Cultivate Central and The Artground.


1) Create a mobile teaching tool in the form of a worm hotel.

2) Use the worm hotel as an ecosystem for exploration and a sustainability project. Cultivate Central Worms on Wheels DIY Kit provided.

3) Spur a child’s earth-stewardship through interaction with an accessible
ecosystem, use this worm hotel and encourage children to:
– Be curious about nature and a scientific journey.
– Learn how worms sustain life above ground.
– Observe, learn from and experience worms and nature up-close.
– Understand the power of working with, instead of against, nature.
– Learn values of responsibility and empathy.
– Use the ecosystem to create art and other forms of expressions.

4) Create a road map and system for engaging partners in the community
on your composting journey.

5) Learn how to use vermicast and sustainable materials when working
with soil.

6) Build a pool of eco champions in your preschool confident in soil based
garden activities, composting and working with worms.

For only $540, Preschools will receive:

1) Cultivate Central Worms on Wheels Kit – all materials included to help
you assemble a mobile worm hotel. Including the soil and bedding for
the worms.

2) Video tutorial covering:
a. Instructions on how to assemble and create a worm hotel.
b. How to care for the worm hotel.
c. How to use the soil and compost created in the worm hotel.

3) E-Educators Guide – Seven themes and includes an array of activities
covering art, science, literacy, nature, sustainability and much more.

4) E-Care Guide – To help your preschool maintain the worm hotel.
6) Admission into the Working With Worms closed Facebook Group – for ongoing support, peer sharing and continuous content and inspiration to help teachers.

5) Coaching Zoom call – Dedicated one on one time with team Cultivate
Central to help your teachers troubleshoot and support you through
your doubts, questions and challenges composting, working with worms
and gardening within the preschool context. (Maximum 6 pax per
preschool per session so that the coaching call by Cultivate Central can
truly address hurdles and questions impactfully).

6) Admission into the Working With Worms closed Facebook Group – for ongoing support, peer sharing and continuous content and inspiration to help teachers.

Availability: 3 weeks in advance upon booking


Level 2 of Working with Worms For participants who have already completed the Working with Worms Module 1 training can email their interest to book Working with Worms Module 2 for their school. Please email us at for more information.


About Cultivate Central

Cultivate Central is a social enterprise on a quest to bring about a cultural shift by making growing food regeneratively, working with soil, composting and reducing food miles second nature in the city. We’ve been building food gardens, composting with worms and running garden inspired programming for more than 5 years.

We turned our passion for vermicomposting into developing and delivering unique nature-based learning programmes for children and their educators.

Cultivate Central has worked on regenerating soil and worked with worms in a way that is accessible to children and their communities. Since 2017, we’ve reached over 4500 children through our gardening inspired programmes and partnerships with various organisations, schools, preschools and corporates.

Nova Nelson, Founder of Cultivate Central is a Permaculture Designer, gardening coach, urban farmer, consultant and social entrepreneur. She has worked with children and their communities and has helped organisations, corporates and schools embark on their eco-based initiatives. She believes that nature is the ultimate teacher and is passionate about restoring soil, working with worms, creating micro farms and championing regenerative food systems and efforts.