Our Bush Kindy
"Research shows that play based learning and spending time in nature are beneficial to children's health and mental well-being. Our children love to revisit a familiar place and challenge themselves to climb a little higher or add to the cubby they built last visit.
In keeping with environmental respect we only collect or work with things already on the ground for example sticks, branches, leaves. The children develop a respect and affinity with the environment as they listen to a local bird cry or look for lizards and bugs.
In the bush setting they have endless opportunities to develop their coordination as they balance on uneven ground, logs, slack line and rocks. Richard Louv beautifully sums it up in his book 'Last Child in the Woods' where he says 'The woods are my Ritalin, Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses'"