Our programs are designed as an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit. Our children’s lives are so filled with structure, this program aims to give them a break from instruction and allow them to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment.The foundation of our programmes is free-play in a natural setting with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. Extension opportunities will be available but only if the children genuinely want to participate. We provide basic equipment suitable for exploring the outdoors: ropes, tarpaulins, bungees, compass, magnifying glasses, knives (to be used with supervision), and some art equipment. Any personal devices (phones, iPods, etc) must be left at home.
Playing in the outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often getting a few scrapes and bruises too. If you or your child are not happy with this concept then this is not the programme for you.The program will go ahead in all weather. Rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration and of course shelter building! Good quality wet weather gear is very important. We wholeheartedly believe the famous quote “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. Waterproof gear (jacket and pants) is compulsory for rainy days. We offer waterproof pants for sale in our online shop. In case of the severe weather warning, we always have an indoor venue booked and ready to move the group in.
Some benefits of regular free play in nature:
Increased physical activity, and less risk of childhood obesity
Children learn to interact with, and better understand the natural world
Helps improve children’s cognitive function, personality development, and attention in school
Improves childhood mental health and ability to handle stress
‘Dangerous’ free play gives children a chance to develop the physical and emotional skills to deal with emergencies
Children learn to assess and manage risks
Learn to regulate emotion, and practice negotiation skills
Develop and practice motor skills
Supports creativity and problem solving
Drop off @ 9 am – Pick up @ 4 pm
Ratio 1adult: 8 children
What you MUST pack:
The children need to be well prepared to get the most enjoyment out of the day. Cold, wet, or hungry children can’t play happily.
Minimum 3 full sets of clothing including underwear and socks
(Thermals are highly recommended during Autumn and Winter)
warm hat ( Autumn and Winter )
Swimwear (rash t-shirt is compulsory during Summer and Spring)
Plastic bags for wet clothes
LOTS of food. They will get far more hungry than they do sitting in a classroom all-day
Large Drink bottle
Old shoes suitable for bushwalking
GOOD QUALITY RAINCOAT AND WATERPROOF PANTS
Waterproof pants are compulsory for wet days.
They need 2 bags, 1 for clothing and a backpack for lunch and drink
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