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At Wild Earthlings we believe that the two most sacred things are the Earth and our children. Our aim is to continue the work that our Earth has been doing for millions of years and encourage the youngest among us to walk peacefully through the environment and learn the endless lessons it has to offer.
We believe in a slow childhood, and aim to provide a setting where children are free to explore at their own pace and interact with the world around them in an authentic and unhurried way. Play is the highest form of research and we want to honour this by sparking children’s imagination every day. As well as this, providing invitations and provocations to learning within this natural setting, based on the children’s interests, will allow us to follow along the path of knowledge with each child.
We believe in holistic approaches; although the Earth is a powerful teacher, what we do on the Earth can make childhood even more rich. Music, art, culture, science, movement, history, literacy, numeracy, social skills and emotional development are all practised on a daily basis by children and as such we will provide experiences that feed every child’s innate yearning to learn and grow.
We believe that dirt, mud, water, rocks, timber, fire, dew, smoke, ash, rain, wind, bark and leaves all have a place in children’s lives and indeed play a special role in guiding how they relate to others, who they become and who they know themselves to be. Immersing children in this is how we plan to see them grow and develop.
Our land is an ancient beauty, which has a sacred knowledge, held by our First Nations people. We honour those who were here before us by learning traditional practices, building local connections and building respect and reverence amongst our little people. Not only this, but acknowledging and exploring our shared history and exploring difficult concepts in respectful and open ways. Including Indigenous perspectives in our practice is an important part of not only celebrating the earth but instilling a childhood full of perspective, respect and timeless wisdom and knowledge.
We believe in supervised risk taking as a major part of children’s learning. As adults, it can be difficult for us to watch children take risks however when given the opportunity to test their limits, they find what they can do and what they are still yet to learn. We promote these opportunities and recognise that cuts and grazes develop resilience, problem solving skills and deep rooted physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
In a world of growing technological and industrial emphasis, children are finding themselves in nature less and less so even at this early stage of their life, it may be necessary to not only establish connections, but RE-connect. It is our hope that having an unplugged period of time will show positive effects on the children both in our space as well as when they venture into the wider world.
We believe in respect for all things sacred, and one of these things is family, however this looks for you. We welcome a diverse range of families to our space and welcome the various perspectives they bring with them. We encourage all family members to go on the journey with their children and taking this special time together to build upon the bonds you already have.
Held in Glenorie, our play sessions offer a unique and exciting experience for children to connect with the natural world. Through educator invitations as well as their own understanding and curiosity, children will be encouraged to explore the world around them as well as learn from educator provocations such as clay, paint, tools, whittling knives, and other experiences. Climbing trees, jumping in puddles, building stick forts, following insects and climbing rocks will be just some of the possibilities the children may want to pursue during their play sessions and all natural play is supported and encouraged.
Play sessions run from 9:30-11:30 each day during the school term
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We would love to share our experiences of teaching with the natural world with you.
With so many ideas and concepts to navigate, it can be difficult to know where to start when trying to build on your child's learning in nature. Each week, read about a thought, theory or notion around child development, natural learning and growing up in the world today.
Hi, my name is Hamish and I’m excited to be with you and your Wild Earthlings on this journey of learning, laughter, life and love.
I have been an early childhood educator for ten years and in that time have enjoyed working with children from 0 to 12 years of age. I have been a room leader for each age group, run an OOSH program, been an educational leader for many years, guided sustainable practice within services and engage in a number of consulting roles. I hold my bachelor of teaching but continue to learn every single day. I have also spent a lot of time in remote Indigenous communities both teaching and learning from the people and the land.
Since my own childhood I have felt the importance of the natural world and carry this in to my teaching life. My family travelled Australia constantly for which I am eternally grateful and believe that this is part of what has shaped who I am. Being immersed in so many different landscapes gave me a love of the land and a strong connection with its living spirit.
The early years are the most pivotal time of growth and development and together with family and your child’s village, the Earth can be part of the most powerful teaching team ever imaginable.
I adore watching children explore and express their innate curiosity and creativity and hope that during our time spent together we can give each child a magical experience that shapes and guides who they are.