Parkside Early Learning Centre is the only childcare centre in Gympie that offers Bush Kindy. We are conveniently located next to Andrew Fisher Park. Our children enjoy the outlook into beautiful greenery all year round. As a centre we wanted to go a step further and make more use of this park. This is how our Bush Kindy Program began!
Our Pre-prep/Kindergarten program and our Senior Kindy aged children do weekly Bush Kindy sessions. Hardly any resources are taken and play is inspired by the children’s interests, what nature provides or a theme continued from the last session.
Our teachers are trained in Bush Kindy to ensure the highest quality Bush Kindy program, safety, and fun for all of our children. We change which days Bush Kindy occurs at the end of each term so that everyone gets to experience this unique program.
Part of the Bush Kindy Program is risk taking. Being in an unstructured environment brings forth some risks but also valuable learning opportunities. This teaches children to respond positively to challenges. Although the sessions are child-led teachers and educators still plan for various situations, including risky play like tree climbing, and get actively involved supporting children in their learning and exploration of the natural environment.
Bush Kindy first began in Scandinavia and then moved through Europe although it is called Forest Kindy there. Forest Kindy is where childcare centres promoted the learning in forest landscapes. Lots of research has been done about the benefits of learning in nature and it has shown to promote emotional development and stability, supports cultural connections and play-based learning as well as stimulates creativity in children (and adults!).
At Parkside we believe children exploring the bush and parkland will benefit hugely in the long term making them more confident, resilient, creative and respectful of our natural environment.
Why don’t you come and join us for Bush Kindy at Parkside – Book you tour online here just give us a call on 07-54827738. We would love to hear from you.