19/04/2021 - 21/06/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Explore our beautiful reserves and bushland. Connect and meet with other local families and spend quality time together each week in a facilitated playgroup where we provide a rich sensory play experience for your child.
Join us for in term 2 for a 9-week bush playgroup program where we incorporate hands-on, child-led learning and sensory play through a range of nature-based activities, nature crafts, storytelling, songs and a bushwalk focusing on movement, climbing and learning about the local flora and fauna. Located at Lysterfield Lake Park in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and offers our little explorers the chance to explore both bush and water play, with plenty of opportunities for splashing in the lake, playing in the sand or exploring in the bush.
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. Bush playgroup is led by Rochelle, a qualified youth and community services worker, and has been a facilitator for over 10 years, specialising in social and emotional wellbeing. She is a passionate advocate of nature based play and experiential learning.
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 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: 0 – 4 years (siblings under 14 months are welcome to attend for free).
*Parents are responsible for their children at all times.