30/04/2019 - 25/06/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for a weekly bush playgroup program (10 sessions) where families gather to enjoy all the benefits that nature has to offer at Braeside Park, an oasis of parkland nestled in a suburban sandbelt south-east of Melbourne which consists of woodlands and wetlands, offering plenty of space to explore and play.
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.
Our Braeside Park bush playgroup is facilitated by Ainslee who has a Bachelor of conservation biology and ecology and is a qualified horticulturist. Ainslee has extensive experience in conservation, sustainability and flora, and is an avid hiker, loves rock climbing and camping. She has also been involved with Hike it Baby for the past few years running bush walks for parents with young children.
Our program has been developed to give your child optimum opportunity to build their gross motor and physical skills through climbing, balancing, walking 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.
It’s also a time for 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 bush playgroups bring together a community of like-minded parents who are supportive and welcoming.
Bush playgroup is an all-weather outdoor playgroup so you need to make sure you bring appropriate weather protection and clothing. Children must have closed footwear when walking in the bush, sun hats, sunscreen, wet weather gear, plenty of snacks and water and a change of clothes. Our playgroup will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong winds.
Ages: 1 – 5 years (siblings under 14 months are welcome to attend for free).
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.