Our Bush Kinder and Outdoor Learning Environments

Welcome to our Bush Kinder and Outdoor Education Page.

Whilst you will receive updates via Xplor for your child’s progress and early years learning adventures, this page is designed to inform you on what will be happening in the Outdoor Learning Spaces each month. Each month we will update you on the development and themes we are engaging in with our children.

Our room blurbs will recommence in February. Our Focus in January is to ensure a secure and comfortable transition to care or to our children’s next room in the centre. We will update each room’s page at the start of each month from February 2021.

March 2021

Welcome to another fantastic month of Bush Kinder!

The children have really settled in quite well with the Bush Kinder routine. As the children have now begun to feel comfortable within the Bush Kinder environment, they have become more involved and resilient learners. They have also utilised their environment to engage socially through pretend play.

The children have enjoyed searching for bugs and insects, as they learn about their life cycle and where they may live, what they may eat. They have also been lucky enough to see some noisy minor birds create a nest in the trees above them.

Miss Nikita has been busy working with the children to help support them in identifying dangers and how the children can be safe in their environments. This has also supported the children in their preparation for Clean Up Australia Day as they show awareness of the risks which they may come across outside the centre.

The Eco Farm has begun getting a makeover, with Miss Nikita working with the children to prepare the gardens for the next harvest. If you have any cuttings or seedlings, please feel free to bring them in! We would love your contribution to our Eco Farm area.

In the outdoor environment, the children have been busy and engaged in the activities provided. The children have been utilising the loose parts and letting their imaginations run wild, creating home offices like their Mum’s and Dad’s use with computers, and also creating ball runs with the pipes. With the weather being nice and hot, the children have enjoyed water play activities in the mornings and afternoons, running through the sprinklers.

We are looking forward to another beautiful month as the weather cools slightly and allows us to spend more time engaging in our outdoor environments.

Best wishes,

Miss Nikita

February 2021

What an amazing start to Bush Kinder the children have had this year!

The children have all adapted quite well to their new bush kinder routines and have become familiar within their new environment. This has allowed the educators to begin supporting the children in exploring the environment more thoroughly, through social activities such as role playing in the tee pee, using natural resources such as sticks and rocks, and discussions about the fire pit, how to be safe around it and what we could cook on it. The children have also shown a strong interest in becoming confident leaners as they navigate the slack line, and as they learn to climb trees.

Miss Nikita has also supported the children in showing care and respect for their environment as they prepare for Clean Up Australia Day, by discussing with the children how rubbish impacts our environment and what we can do together to help keep our environment safe and free from rubbish.

Over the month of February, Miss Nikita will continue to work with the children in caring for the environment, which will also include maintaining the Eco Farm, as well as continuing to extend on the children’s interests in their bush kinder environment.

Just a friendly reminder that your child requires enclosed shoes for their bush kinder session, preferably joggers, a long sleeve shirt, long pants and socks.

In the outdoor environment the children have been engaging socially through various activities in the morning and afternoons. The children have been particularly interested in the loose parts, creating roads, towers and tracks with the pipes, wooden blocks and reels. To support the children in continuing to expand on their imagination, we would love to build up our loose parts area. If you have any items, such as crates, pipes, tubes, wooden reels, pine cones, seed pods, wooden log off cuts, etc, please let us know!

I am looking forward to a very exciting February as we continue to foster our children’s dedication to nature play!

Til next time,

Miss Nikita.