- 07/02/2020 - 03/04/2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Summer days filled with sunshine, picnics with friends and water sensory play are a few of the highlights for our summer bush playgroup program. What are you waiting for? Come and meet your tribe in 2020 at an Eco Explorers bush playgroup! In Term 1 we’ll be spending time at Jawbone Marine Sanctuary in Williamstown and discovering the incredible marine creatures that live there. On warmer days, we’ll be amongst the shaded trees and breeze at Newport lakes Reserve, enjoying water and ice play activities.
Join us for a weekly bush and beach playgroup program (9 sessions due to public holiday) where families gather to enjoy all the benefits that nature has to offer. We provide a gentle rhythm to our facilitated playgroups with a focus on sensory play, storytelling, song, craft, learning, unstructured play and plenty of opportunities to build gross motor skills through climbing, balancing and movement.
Eco Explorers bush playgroups are facilitated by qualified and experienced nature play educators (read more about our team here) that are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area that they work in.
Our Newport Lakes playgroup is run by Kirsti, an experienced early childhood educator who has extensive experience working with children and supporting families from diverse backgrounds. It’s the perfect inner west – city location for our bush playgroup as it’s home to an abundance of birdlife with its beautiful wetlands and lake.
Our program has been developed to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through movement and fine motor skills during our craft activities. Research clearly shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for school, both physically and emotionally.
Playgroup allows parents to disconnect from their busy lives (and technology) and re-connect with their child in nature. This time is as much for you as it is for your child. Our playgroups bring together a community of like-minded parents who understand the benefits of outdoor learning and play. The sessions are relaxed and completely child led and parents are encouraged to follow their child’s lead.
Bush playgroup is an all weather outdoor playgroup so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children and adults must wear closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and even a change of clothes for those muddy play days! Our playgroup will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong wind.
Ages: 1 – 5 years (siblings under 14 months are welcome to attend for free).
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.