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Engaging your children in the outdoors: Nature Play

21st March 2017 BY: sustainabilityhub@ceres.org.au

Event date : April 20, 2017

Thursday 20 April 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Where: Cranbourne Gardens (1000 Ballarto Rd, Cranbourne VIC 3977) 
Cost: $110

Outdoor Learning for Early Childhood is a well-developed practice throughout much of the northern hemisphere. As an example, Scandinavian countries have been operating Forest Schools since the 1950s.

In the last decade in Victoria there has been a marked increase in the provision of outdoor learning for early childhood. Nature provides a wonderful array of physical challenges to test and develop motor skills, a myriad of life forms to inspire wonder and empathy and an expansive social setting where resilience and co-operation seems to be the default position. There are risks but they are not contrived and are generally obvious to the children, so they develop sound risk management skills for themselves and their group.

There is an increasing body of evidence that suggests that the rapid growth of learning in nature should continue into the future. It seems that emotional, mental and physical health outcomes are excellent and the cohort of children that grow up with nature will be inclined to take better care of our environment into the future too. Thus natural resource managers also have an important stake in encouraging the engagement of children in nature.

Join our early childhood outdoor learning forum to understand what a Bush Kinder is, why there is an increasing demand for outdoor play opportunities in natural spaces and what this means for you as a supporter.

More info:
For more information and to book, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website or contact (03) 5990 2200.