Category Archives: 2014

Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 3, 2014. DAY 3

The chill in the air this morning was very apparent, and it was wonderful to spend a few minutes as a staff team standing around enjoying the warmth of our fire while discussing our upcoming day. We have been really lucky to have not only Lee, Katie, Janice and myself for all four days of this week, but also our student teacher Jane and the lovely Genevieve who
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They ‘just play’

A common misconception about a play based programme, especially one with a strong nature and outdoor focus is that children are left to just play.  It is true, that the children spend the majority of their time in our programme at self chosen play experiences. Through careful observation, reflection and planning, our programme is developed ( and often evolves on a daily basis ) from the
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Inspired to create

Just as we have seen the children’s creativity and resourcing of their own learning reach new heights, the process of removing most of the commercial toys from our outdoor learning environment has also sparked the creativity of the staff.  We are constantly looking for ways in which we can reuse and repurpose various materials, to include natural materials into our programme where ever possible, and provide the opportunity for us
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Outdoor Kindy Week, Term 2, 2014. Day 4

Today was the final day of this terms outdoor kindy week. It was a typical autumn day, mild temperatures, no rain. Maybe this is why it began with many parents staying around to watch their children, chat by the fire, and immerse themselves and their younger children in the whole outdoor kindy experience.   Our Muddy Puddles Kitchen was the place to be today.  The new sign was proudly hung to
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Outdoor Kindy Week Term 2, 2014. Day 2

There was no getting away from the weather today.  We arrived to a yard soaked with water and some minor damage to our outdoor kitchen area from the strong winds over night.  It was raining so heavily that it was a struggle to get the fire started.  Fire lighters and newspaper were soaked within seconds, and the tiny flame from the match was quickly extinguished by the rain. 
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‘Exploring Belonging’

Using a variety of media to share our learning experiences with the children, families and wider community is always an important part of our teaching and reflecting.  We – the staff and children,  take a lot of photos which are used in many different ways.  We use a large imac screen to share the many photos, videos and slide shows we have of the centres learning experiences, and those of the
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The benefit of risk

In providing our play based and child led programme,we have all learned to constantly assess the benefits of encouraging and allowing the children to take more risks as an integral part of their play. To trust children you need to first trust yourself . We value the richness and authenticity this brings to their learning, and the amazing discoveries they make about themselves and others.   When children are allowed
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