No toys, no art supplies - just the brushstrokes and fun provided by nature.
Westgarth Kindergarten's Bush Kinderis the first of its kind in Australia. A forest kindergarten - immersed in natural delights. Children are encouraged to play, learn and explore out in the natural environment, whatever the weather forecast.
Forest Schooling was first developed in 1927 in Wisconsin. In the early 1950's the idea was introduced in Sweden, Wales and other European countries with great success.
The main aim of Forest Schooling is to encourage spatial awareness, motor skill development, exploration with all the senses and empowering children in a natural environment.
Westgarth Kindergarten's bush kinder takes place in the Darebin Parklands.
In an era awash with social media and video games, this seems like the natural and beautiful choice for any child, to connect with themselves and the natural world at large.
Just wanted to let you know that the Westgarth Bush Kinder program is part of a regular kindergarten program with enrollments being administered by the Darebin Council for local families. The are many bush kinders starting up around Victoria so if you are interested in this program it is worth making some inquiries at the kindergartens in your local area. You may even want to assist your local kindergarten in starting up a bush kinder program based on this model.