Cradle to Crayons Education & Care is the first Forest Learning and Bush Kindergarten in the Wide Bay region. As an official Nature Play QLD education provider, we provide regular outdoor play settings for young children.
With our 14,500m adjoining nature block, we can provide unstructured play in the forest and help children develop healthy, active lifestyles. Our educators plan lessons outside using the resources and lists available from Nature Play QLD.
There are many benefits to learning outside, including:
- Experience their senses
- Improve their physical and gross motor skills
- Construct their own knowledge
- Understand risk taking
- Listening and understand expectations
- Development of peripheral vision, awareness of their body and perception of space
- Conversation is promoted through changing vista
- They become responsible for their own wellbeing and gain self-control
- They learn about the natural world in context
- Children find their own objects in play
- Engage in games of fantasy and creativity
Nature play is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood.
Such principles affirm that the Nature Play is more than simply taking young children outside to play in nature; the underpinning theories and pedagogy are integral to the effectiveness of programs.
These principles align with the principles and pedagogical practices underpinning Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009) along with learning outcomes outlined in the EYLF.
- Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
- Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
- Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
- Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
- Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
- Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another
- Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials (DEEWR, 2009)