Bush kindergarten

DNMK offers a Bush Kinder program in the 4-year-old group to support children’s engagement with the natural world around them.

Bush kinder starts in week 4 of term 1 and runs every Friday through term, excluding the last Friday of Term 4.

Session times 2023

Currawongs: 8.30am-11.30pm

Rainbow Lorikeets: 1.00pm-4.00pm

DNMK bush kinder is held in Burnley Park and is led by the group’s kindergarten teacher and 1-2 additional educators depending on the enrolled numbers per session. Teachers support children as they take risks and face challenges, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of the natural world and connection to the land.

Research has shown that offering children the opportunity to engage with nature in a totally unconstructed, self-driven way leads to “increased confidence, motivation and concentration, increased social, physical, imaginative and language skills (and) deeper conceptual understandings and respect for the natural environment”. (Gill, 2011; Fjortoft, 2004; Malone & Waite, 2016; O’Brien & Murray, 2008; O’Brien, 2009)

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