Giving children the opportunity to engage in natural play is an important building block in their education. The way they see the world and interact with it affects so many of their physical, mental and spiritual skills.
During a play session, we follow the children's interests through the environment and develop the learning as we go. Each child is trusted and supported to use educator experiences or just the natural world around them. They may be provided tools, paint, clay, ropes, magnifying glasses, books, water play and a whole myriad of other resources to extend their learning.
Over the weeks, the children develop in their abilities and grasp concepts more strongly through the delivery of additional ideas to what they already know. They can take this learning at their own pace and can spend as little or as long as they like on one thing. You may find that your child spends the entire term finding a favourite rock to sit on, or they may never step on the same patch of Earth twice. Each child is individual, and here, they are given the space to express completely who they are.
Open to children aged 6 months - 5 years
Sessions are run every Friday during school term
Each session is 2 hours from 9:30am-11:30am
Held at Les Shore reserve in Glenorie and run in all weather
Each session is $25 per child. Discounts apply for multiple children when booking a term.
Term 2 - Booked out
If you would like to join our waitlist for term 3 please send your name and how many children you have with the title "term 3 waitlist" to firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the year, there are a number of weekend play sessions. During these sessions, children have a chance to interact, engage and learn from a number of open ended and exciting resources such as paint, clay, tools, and the natural world. We also have a number of themed weekend sessions which may focus on meditation, community involvement, literacy or art.
Open to children aged 6 months-12 years.
Each session is 2 hours (times may vary depending on specific sessions. Check booking links for exact times)
Held at various locations in the Hills district and run in all weather
Each session is $25 for a single child. Siblings are 20% off and any siblings under 6 months are free.
In January 2020 we will be offering our first school holiday program! During this time, children will be able to engage in all our typical Wild Earthlings experiences such as tools, climbing trees, bush walking, water play, clay & mud play, and so much more, as well as afternoon goal orientated activities so they can bring home special souvenirs of their day! .
Open to children aged 5 years - 12 years
Price: $75 per child (Discounts apply for multiple children from one family)
Location: Les Shore reserve, Glenorie
To book in, follow the links below
Keep an eye out for our next holiday program, or subscribe to our mailing list to hear it first!
The natural world is a place where every person feels, thinks, views something different. For us to truly see learning, we must give children the space, time and trust to explore and discover at their own pace.
The natural world has so many lessons. Not only are we aiming to instil in children how important ideas such as sustainability, reducing our impact and conserving the environment are, but we are trying to embed a real love and respect of the natural world they have.
As well as the natural world, we will be observing the children's interests and needs so that we may provide holistic activities that extend their skills each week. Natural, inviting activities such as clay, Indigenous perspectives, painting and many more ideas will be used in collaboration with the children and what they would like to learn.
When children are able to take considered risks, their development strengthens in so many ways. Using a saw or whittling knife may not seem like something children can do, but they'll surprise you with how competent they are. Climbing rocks and trees can also be a little scary for us to watch, but the physical, mental and spiritual benefits are far too important to ignore!