- Mondays – Thursdays, 8:30 – 4:00
- Mixed age group: 18 months to 5 years
- Guanaba, Gold Coast
- $90 per day, no CCB
Little Birdwings Forest Kindy is a mobile outdoor kindergarten program for children aged 18 months to five years, offering opportunities for children to experience playful learning with friends in nature. Children can take time out from busy schedules and time in to discover, adventure, day dream and learn about their amazing capabilities in nature.
Nature adventures develop self confidence and resilience. We interact closely with our environment and everything that is a part of it. Each day, the children’s adventures may see them scrambling over fallen logs, climbing trees and boulders, building cubbies, playing in the creek, rolling down hills, racing over grassy pastures or going for long walks. Our days are democratically led by the children and their desire for adventure, and we love to explore. Read our blog about Risky Play.
With small groups and a high adult-child ratio the children are guided through the day by experienced and qualified early childhood educators. Our sessions are held 100% outdoors, and are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. Children play, eat, craft and sleep outdoors in a protected natural area. Our days flow to a predictable rhythm designed to meet our needs for safety, food, rest and toileting throughout the day – with lots of time to play and learn. Read our blog about Handcrafts and Brain Development.
Multi-age groups allow for family grouping and community learning. From 18 months children are pottering, playing and exploring in their own time. Toddlers are learning about their bodies, growing in their independence, confidence and personal skills. Our younger friends learn from their older peers in our mixed-age groupings, through imitation and conversation with other children. They are supported by our adult mentors who encourage them to learn their skills for independence. Read our blog about working with babies and toddlers in nature.
Preschool-aged children have the benefit of an excellent school-readiness program, thriving in an environment where they can move freely, play socially and imaginatively, with songs, stories, bushcraft and handcraft. Children leave our program ready for formal learning, with skills for regulating their emotional behaviour, manage their bodies, show empathy for others, and be curious learners. These children are bursting to learn about their world! Many will have naturally begun to explore early literacy and numeracy concepts in their play and conversations. Read our blog about developing self-regulation and resilience through nature play.