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Early Childhood Excursion and Incursion Programs

CERES offers a range of activities for children aged 3-5 yrs old.
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Our activities are based on nature connection and wellbeing, inspired by our values at CERES, “helping people fall in love with the Earth”. Child-led nature-play and curiosity are at the heart of our programs. Our carefully 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.

We offer the following three topics:

  • Farm to fork
  • The 6 R’s
  • Wildlife Shelters and Habitats

Farm to Fork

Build knowledge

  • Excursion only – Children will discover where food comes from exploring the CERES market garden, chickens and bees
  • Incursion only – Children will discover where food comes from with an interactive exploration matching game

Foster connection

  • Children will connect to Earths’ natural resources and natures’ cycles through nature connection exercises to inspire ideas and actions to grow their own food at home or at their centre

Action & skills

  • Students will learn new skills;
    • Turn food waste into healthy soil for plants with help from worms
    • Learn how to safely plant seeds into soil and care for them as they grow
    • Learn that food is grown, raised and cared for

The 6 R’s

Build knowledge

  • Children will discover why landfill, waste and pollution are problems for people and our planet, and ways to move towards zero waste

Foster connection

  • Children will connect to Earths’ natural resources and natures’ cycles through nature connection exercises to inspire ideas and actions to move towards zero waste

Action & skills

  • Students will learn new skills to guide them towards zero waste at school/home
    • Conduct material and waste auditing
    • Turn waste into a valuable resource by means of composting
    • Learn and perform the “6 R’s dance” and natures’ cycles

Wildlife Shelters and Habitat

Build knowledge

  • Children will discover the basic needs of local wildlife need – food, water, shelter

Foster connection

  • Children will connect to local ecosystems (CERES nest boxes, the Merri Creek or your centre) through exploration to assess if it is a suitable place for wildlife to live

Action & skills

  • Students will learn new skills;
    • Identify, collect, and build what local wildlife need for a suitable place to live
    • Build a mini insect hotel to bring back for your centre to increase habitat and biodiversity

Our CERES Early Childhood program connects with the following Victorian Early Years
Learning and Development Framework outcomes:

  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world,
  • Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing,
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators.

NQS Quality Area 3 – Physical environment elements;

  • Element 3.2.2 – Resources support play-based learning,
  • Element 3.2.3 – The service cares for the environment and supports children to become environmentally responsible.

If you would like to book in for one of these experiences, please submit our online booking form and one of our team will be in touch with you soon.

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Year Level
Early Childhood,
3-5 years old

Cost
Excursion:
$375 for 25 students per group
($15 per additional students
maximum of 5)
2 hour session (10am – 12pm)

OR

Incursion:
$200 per 45-minute session,
a minimum of 3 sessions
per centre/per day
Each session timetable to be
determined at the time of booking.

+ booking fee

Ratio
1 for every 3 children

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