Bush Kindy at Chapel Hill Kindergarten

Embracing the tradition of getting children back in touch and hands on with nature we spent two years researching the feasibility of developing a Bush Kindy program. In 2013 we trialled a new offsite aspect of our curriculum: Bush Kindy, the first Bush Kindy program in Queensland.

We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful natural environment here at Chapel Hill and we felt that we could build on this. The lifelong benefits for children in terms of their social and physical development, academic performance as well as reduced stress and overall health has been very well documented. Children and nature simply belong together – in our technology driven lives with ever increasing screen time it is more important than ever before to make these connections with nature and help our children thrive.

Since our first successful trial in 2013 we annually take our Kindy groups to a beautiful local site in Chapel Hill which also has an established environmental group. The bush becomes the most extraordinary classroom. Our Kindy children participate with such eagerness and excited smiles, they engage, listen intently and with careful observation they embark on a wonderful journey of discovery.

We are very lucky that our local environmental group assists us with teaching our Kindy children about their discoveries; spider webs, ant lion tacks, foliage, endangered butterflies, animal and reptile scratch marks on tree trunks, berries and flowers… They also love listening to kookaburras and finding different types of feathers, sometimes our Kindy children sit ever so quietly and use all their senses to discover even more exciting natural wonders.

We are thrilled that we can offer Bush Kindy, if you are interested in finding out more about this exciting and successful program or would like the opportunity for your child to be a part of it, please contact us, all our Kindy children have an opportunity to attend Bush Kindy twice a year.

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