THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND BUSH KINDER
The session has a child-focused structure that allows the children to “breathe in and breathe out” in their play and exploration. There are opportunities for adults to experience connective moments with their child and 'hold the space' by providing our attentiveness and sharing their moments of joy.
BASIC ELEMENTS OF BUSH KINDER
ORIGINS OF BUSH KINDER
Bush or Forrest Kindergartens originated in Europe, particularly through the influence of the writings of Rudolf Steiner who valued the child’s experience of nature and natural materials in play.
In these countries, babies to pre-school children would be dropped off at the Kindergarten in the morning, dressed in appropriate all-weather gear and would spend most of the day out doors during rain, even snow with temperatures down to 10 degrees below 0.
In Australia, we need to learn how to dress appropriately for our changeable climate.
In Autumn/Winter/Spring waterproof pants and coat and a woollen hat are essential. When jeans or cotton pants get wet they act as a “Coolgardie Safe” in the wind and can actually drop body temperature quite rapidly. In particular a child’s body temperature can cool down very quickly. Plastic pants are handy if the grass or shrubs are wet or if it is very windy.
Wool is the best fibre as it keeps you warm even if it gets wet. Always try to wear some article of woollen clothing in the cooler months.
In summer a sun hat and sunscreen are essential. In all weathers sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must.
Bush Kinder will continue to run even if it is raining or windy. However, winter sessions will include an indoor venue. The children will be able to change, dry off and prepare soup for lunch. Communication is usually by text message or phonecall on the morning of Bush Knder.
What to bring:
All-weather gear (gumboots, raincoat, plastic pants, change of clothes in the car)
Backpack for kids (optional) and parents
Water bottle, piece of fruit or Veg to share.
A hot cuppa is provided. Please bring a cup.