SRF Program

  • Bush Kinder - an introduction

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

    Description

    ​Research shows that playing in nature benefits children’s wellbeing, social and emotional development, cognitive language and physical skill development.

    Participants in this training session:

    • observe a bush kinder session either on-site or on-line using video footage.
    • examine the research and practicalities of implementation with an experienced early childhood consultant and bush kinder educators.
    • are equipped to explain and share the benefits of nature play with parents/carers and the community and consider necessary regulations and policies to implement in context of park, beach or bush.

    The provider, Early Life Foundations, can customise sessions and provide follow-up support for initiating, developing or enhancing current programs. To maximise effectiveness, the provider recommends booking coaching sessions for dates after the professional development has been attended. 

    Dates for scheduled online sessions:

    • 2rd March 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm 
    • 6th April 2022, 2.30-5.00pm
    • 17th June 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm 
    • 17th August 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm
    • 7th October 2022, 9.30am-12.30pm

    Full day on site session

    Full day on site session: Thursday 8th September 2022, 8.30am-3.30pm. Participants observe part of a Bush Kinder session in action followed by a workshop presentation examining theory and practicalities of setting up individual programs.  Limited numbers and subject to government regulations and COVID restrictions. (Brighton)

    Customised Sessions: Contact the provider to discuss options and pricing.

    Detailed Costs

    Half day online sessions: $290 (excl. GST) per person, includes digital workbook, sample of risk/benefit analysis forms, virtual tour and Fire Lab videos and Q&A with an early childhood consultant, experienced in running Bush Kinder programs and a Nature Learning expert.

    Full day on-site session: $300 (excl. GST) per person, includes morning tea and lunch.  

    Coaching (optional): $1,995 (excl. GST)

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: online session includes digital workbook, sample of risk/benefit analysis forms, virtual tour and Fire Lab videos and Q&A with an early childhood consultant, experienced in running Bush Kinder programs and a Nature Learning expert.

    Onsite session includes session notes and risk/benefit analysis forms.

    Staffing: Consider backfill and travel/accommodation costs if attending on-site session.  Consider half day backfill for on-line session if required.

    Training requirements: Online sessions require stable internet connection and access to laptop or desktop computer.

    Supervision/coaching: Additional Coaching packages available for attendees (optional). Three x 1-hour blocks for individuals or small teams (delivered via zoom or phone call). This customised coaching will provide educators with tailored support to build on the skills and strategies outlined in the presentation and encourage reflection and development of practice.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 4 – Emerging research evidence