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20 Dec 2019

Bush Kindy and the Benefits of Outdoor Learning

An exciting addition to our Healthy World experiences at many of our Lifelong Learning Centres are Bush Kindy sessions. These sessions aim to take advantage of all the benefits of an outdoor education and help our kids develop a holistic understanding of the world around them.

"It is important for children to stay connected to and immerse themselves in nature. Our Bush Kindy program offers the children a unique learning experience and opportunities they could not get in a regular classroom.”  says Helen Moors, centre manager at Smithfield Early Learning Centre


"Through these sessions, the children are encouraged to explore in order to encourage connection to the natural environment, use of imagination and an opportunity to really use their physical skills,” she says.

There are many benefits to outdoor education as it allows children to develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem solving approaches in a real-life situation away from the classroom. 

It also helps develop resilience and adaptability in adverse circumstances as it teaches children how to assess risk and identify hazards within their environment. Most importantly through involving the children within nature we are teaching them to love, appreciate and respect the world around them.


In Bush Kindy children will have the freedom to explore, play, build, create, imagine, learn and use their senses to experience the outdoor environment and engage with one another when and how they choose.

Bush Kindy is largely emergent, child directed and play based, allowing our little lifelong learners the time and space to develop their interests, skills and understanding through practical, hands on experiences. Through spending time in nature, the children learn and grow, all in a less formal setting than a classroom.


Vivaarsha, an early childhood teacher at Kids Academy Penrith has found Bush Kindy extremely beneficial for the children and spoke of a recent session with the Penrith Council:

"During this session we had the opportunity to make some animal habitat boxes for possums, wombats and other wild animals. The children were encouraged to stamp their handprint on the boxes to signify that they have their hands up for the environment. With events such as the recent bush fires across Australia we realised how important it is to encourage children to be involved in environmental protection from a young age and programs like Bush Kindy is providing that opportunity for this future generation.”

At these select centres, we aim to provide the children with the opportunity to visit Bush Kindy at least once a week as studies show many benefits for children who spend more time outdoors in nature. For example, they begin to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for our natural world and understand the importance of protecting it. 

For more information about Bush Kindy at your local Lifelong Learning Centre, chat to your centre manager or call us on 1800 CHILD CARE and our friendly Family Support Team would love to help answer your questions.
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