Connecting children with nature through “Bush Kinder”

Natimuk Kinder © Parks Victoria
Publicado: 10 Junio 2015
Última edición: 14 Enero 2022
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Summary

Bush kinder is a growing initiative by early education providers who recognise a decline in the amount of time children spend in nature. By moving the classroom into the bush on a regular schedule children are given the opportunity to play, learn and familiarise themselves with the natural world. National parks and reserves offer an ideal location for bush kinders with abundant opportunities to explore and learn in natural settings.

Classifications

Region
Oceanía
Scale of implementation
Global
Nacional
Ecosystem
Ecosistema urbano
Áreas verdes (parques, jardines, bosque urbano)
Theme
Actores locales
Comunicación y divulgación
Conocimientos tradicionales
Servicios ecosistémicos
Challenges
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones

Ubicación

Victoria, Australia

Impacts

1. Multiple Bush Kinders currently operate on Parks Victoria managed land, delivering an additional 3-6 hours of nature play to each child’s routine. Research shows increased time spent in nature increases physical activity, improves concentration and helps develop imagination, social and motor skills. 2. Children who attend bush kinders develop a sense of ownership towards their local park, sometimes introducing their parents to the park for the first time. In some examples, kindergartens actively contribute to park management, collecting, propagating and planting indigenous species in consultation with land managers. 3. The skills and knowledge children learn before entering school form the foundation for lifelong learning. Connecting children with the outdoors at an early age helps develop an awareness of the natural world and the importance of conservation.

Contribuido por

Imagen de Roellen.Little@parks.vic.gov.au

Roellen Little