Programs

Bush Kindy           Transition to School           Environmental Education

 

Bush Kindy

Our Bush Kindy program is currently being run three days per week. This style of program (known as Nature or Forest Kindergartens in other parts of the world) has been in practice for around 50 years, primarily in Scandinavian countries. There are very few child care providers providing this service within Australia but the Bright Start team sees enormous benefits, in regards to children’s learning, decision making, creativity, self expression, collaboration and resilience that can only be developed through this style of program

                 

 

Each day 10 children and accompanying staff set out on their adventure, walking the short distance from the Preschool to the local bushland. The children then spend several hours exploring, playing imaginative games, building structures, drawing, climbing and reflecting. Rain or shine, the children are engaged in the natural environment and reaping the rewards of spending time in the great outdoors.                                                                                                           

Bush Kindy makes a natural connection between our educational philosophy at Bright Start Preschool and the promotion of sustainability at our centre. It will enable the children to connect, through play with the space and their land in a way that cannot be done under a roof or within walls. Teachers will support children as they take risks and face challenges essential to well rounded learning. Our centre is well known for our sustainability initiatives and our engaging outdoor play area, we see this program as a natural extension of this.

     

Transition To School 

We believe that 'school readiness' is a process that begins as soon as children start at Bright Start Preschool, regardless of their age or what room they are in. It is the process of learning to identify and look after your own belongings, being confidant in relating to your peers and asking for help from teachers and separating easily from your parents at the beginning of the day. Of course it also includes those vital pre literacy and numeracy skills which are incorporated into our program here at Bright Start Preschool.

 

Environmental Education

We are strong advocates for environmental education in early childhood settings (and in fact for life). Sustainability features throughout our programs and practices and is incorporated into everything that we do, from our recycling program to our worm farm and vege patch all the way to our purchasing procedures. We see true value in encouraging a love of the environment and a knowledge of how to live a more sustainable lifestyle for our staff, children and families.