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Bush Kinder Vision

The Bush Kinder Vision for the Maribyrnong community and beyond
  • A community with a closer connection with nature
  • A community that values and participates in nature based activities more regularly
  • A healthier more environmentally aware community
  • A well connected and cohesive community
Why Bush kinder? The outdoor play movement
  • Forest schools have been operating successfully in Northern Europe for over 50 years. Bush Kinder is the first of its kind in Australia
  • 140 services are already doing versions of bush/beach or forest kindergarten in Victoria
  • Bush kinder provides a valuable forest kindergarten experience for kinder children
A forest kindergarten is a type of preschool education for children held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a forest or natural environment World Health Organisation Statistics
  •  Australian children on average spend 52 hours a week in front of a screen
  • They spend 40 minutes each day outside at the most
  • Only one third play outdoors as part of recreation
  • One generation ago, 3 out of 4 children played outdoors
(World Health Organisation, 2011)