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Nature Playgroup

“Being outdoors in nature offers unplanned, unknown, unpredictable encounters; these are significant provocations for learning.” (Adapted from Waters, 2012)

Age Group
2 – 5 years old (+ a guardian)

Delivery
Monday 10 am – 12 pm
(CERES Brunswick East)
OR
Tuesday 10 am – 12 pm
(Joe’s Market Garden)

Cost
$220/ 8 weeks
$180 with concession

Join Lauren, our experienced Early Years Outdoor Educator, at CERES in East Brunswick, to discover our local, abundant ecology through child-led nature play. Activities vary with the seasons, and what is relevant to the Merri Creek and CERES. We plant seeds, feed the chickens, make art with natural objects, investigate local insects, climb trees, make damper & fires, sing, and have a good time. Every week the children are rewarded with more confidence, resilience, creativity, and gratitude for the land and people we live with.

Join Deanne, our experienced Early Years Outdoor Educator, at CERES Joe’s Market Garden in North Coburg, to discover our local, abundant ecology through child-led nature play. Activities vary with the seasons, and what is relevant to the Merri Creek and the farm. We plant seeds, harvest weeds, fruits and farmed goods, make art with natural objects, investigate local insects, climb the tractor & trees, make damper & fires, sing, and have a good time. Every week the children are rewarded with more confidence, resilience, creativity, and gratitude for the land and people we live with.

Mondays at CERES Brunswick East during term.
Tuesday at Joe’s Market Garden during term.

Child-led nature-play and curiosity are at the heart of this program. Our thoughtfully designed learning experience will connect your children with nature, allow them to explore independently, discover the wonders of our natural world and participate in caring for our environment and people.

What you will need
An adult to accompany your children. Please feel free to bring along younger siblings with no extra charge.

What to bring
Children should bring a hat, water bottle, and a snack. Consider bringing along a change of clothes as things may get messy!

What to Wear
Outdoor clothing that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes and a hat and dress for all weather conditions.

“Really fantastic day – the kids are still raving about it! They learnt so much in the happy, relaxed and fun atmosphere – created by their amazing teacher Lauren :)”

“Loved the experience. Very relaxed. Great to get the children outdoors exploring. Can’t wait for the next one.”

“We had a wonderful term, a great mix of unstructured and structured play! Lauren is a fantastic educator” – Claire (Term 4 2019)

For further questions please:

Call the Student Programs team on (03) 9389 0144 or e-mail studentprograms@ceres.org.au

For CERES Brunswick East
Corner Roberts and Stewart Streets
Brunswick East VIC 3057

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For CERES Joe’s Market Garden
131 Harding St
Coburg VIC 3058

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