Early education care services are increasingly making bush kinders part of their educational programs. These involve excursions to sites in the midst of nature and away from structured service settings. The following article provides information about the Benefits of Bush Kinders, Supervision, Planning and more.
Outdoor spaces hold great significance in early education and care settings which is why they are highlighted in Learning Environments, one of eight pedagogical practices put forward in the EYLF. It further says that Outdoor learning is a feature of Australian learning environments. They offer a vast array of possibilities not available indoors. One of the ways that outdoor spaces do this is by allowing children access to elements of Nature. The following article provides the importance of natural elements and strategies educators can use to enrich children’s play and learning experiences.
The Grass Pot Matching Shapes is a fun matching activity for children that enables them to learn 2d shapes. Children should match the grass shape to the correct shapes plant pot. This is a fun way to incorporate nature into the learning too.
Cactus Shadow Match Cut and Paste is a great activity for children to identify the right shadow cactus with their matching image. This activity enables children to develop visual discrimination skills, hand-eye coordination and learning to analyse the shapes of images to match.
The NQS mandates services to take an active role in caring for the environment and contributing to a sustainable future. According to NQS Standard 3.3, “The service cares for the environment and supports children to become environmentally responsible.” The following article provides information on Understanding Sustainability, Sustainability Ideas For Early Childhood Services and Sustainability Learning For Children.