02/05/2019 - 27/06/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our Bush Kindy program for children aged 3 + years is specifically aimed at developing and learning new skills through bush crafts, Indigenous/Australian stories and bush walks that inspires a develop love and deep connection to nature and encourages the use of gross motor skills through climbing, balancing and building. We investigate a different topic each week like dragonflies, seeds, frogs, sticks, feathers, nests etc. Each term a different theme too from Spring Changes, Life Cycles, Indigenous stories, local history and culture, marine ecosystems etc.
The children will also be introduced to the use of tools in an age-appropriate and safe environment. This Bush Kids program is led by Penny, a qualified Primary Teacher and Forest School Leader who has been working as a bush playgroup facilitator at Gresswell Forest for 2 years.
This weekly Bush kids program (9 sessions) is held at Gresswell Forest in Macleod…. a rich and diverse bushland filled with creeks, wildlife, birdlife and plenty of large fallen gum trees to climb. We recommend that all kids wishing to join our Gresswell Forest School attend a minimum of one term at one of our Bush Kids Programs first.
Our program 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 groups bring together a community of like-minded parents who are supportive and welcoming. The sessions are relaxed and completely child led and parents are encouraged to follow their child’s lead.
Research shows that the more time your child spends in nature, the better they are prepared for school, both physically and emotionally.
This bush program are all weather outdoor sessions 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 sessions will only be cancelled in the event of an extreme weather warning; fire, storm, high temperatures and strong wind.
Ages: 3 – 7 years (kinder & homeschool welcome)
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.