“My favourite thing about bush kindy is everything.” Katie 4

Helen spent the afternoon at Bush Kindy as part of her Listening Tour it was lots of fun and a great opportunity to see children exploring and learning in nature’s playground.   

The Lobethal Community Kindy spends a day a week at Bushland park as part of their outdoor, nature based program which the educators say has had a hugely positive impact on the children’s learning and social skills development. 

“The children were so welcoming and eager to share what they love about bush kindy’, and as one child told Helen “the campfire at base camp” is one of their favourite things.  Helen observed children playing and engaging with each other in a way that was not affected by their learning styles or communication abilities.  The educators said children develop new friendships with other young children they may not usually play with.

Bush kindy is so much more than a fun day in the outdoors; it is strongly underpinned by the belief in experiential learning, a commitment to building children’s independence and their ability to take and manage risk. 

 

If you would like to learn more about Bush Kindy at the Lobethal Community Kindy check out the link below:
http://lobethalkgn.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Bush-Kindy-handbook-for-website-1.pdf