Bettina Atwill is a mother, teacher/educator, and social entrepreneur. She grew up jumping off dive boats in the once rich and vibrant coral reefs of the Philippines. Her aspirations as a mother include being able to give her children the opportunity to play in the same coral reefs she used to call her playground. With the increase of severe typhoons and medical waste dumped in the reefs, it hasn't been feasible.
Bettina works locally and globally. In her local community, Bettina works with primary and secondary schools. She facilitates workshops for children and teachers to bring learning outdoors and through play. Bettina also facilitates the Early Childhood Education International Facebook group and creates online digital courses for parents and educators of young children living around the world.
Bettina is passionate about giving as many children the opportunity to play, especially children in vulnerable communities. Her social enterprise guides teachers, parents, and educators, embracing play as the root of learning whilst creating environmentally appropriate play invitations. Profits of these online courses go to sending boxes of preloved children’s toys, clothes, and learning resources in Australia to vulnerable communities in the Philippines. Bettina also collaborates with local woodworkers in the Philippines and co-designs wooden play resources and sells them around the Philippines.