SRF Program

  • Bush Kindergarten

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    ​Research shows that playing in nature benefits children’s wellbeing, social and emotional development, cognitive language and physical skill development.

    Participants in this training session observe a bush kinder session. They then ‘unpack’ the research and practicalities of implementing bush kinder with an experienced early childhood consultant and bush kinder educators. Participants are equipped to explain and share the benefits of nature play with parents/carers and the community, and to make practical suggestions for effective implementation. Provider can customise sessions and provides follow-up support for initiating and developing programs.

    Detailed Costs

    ​$308/person (incl. GST)

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: sessions are held several times a year and comprise a full-day presentation and study tour at one of three bush kinder locations (Geelong, Mornington or Brighton) or at local parklands or nature reserves, according to participants’ needs.

    Program adaptability: training can be adapted to any Australian or Victorian context.

    Staffing: one contact person per service needed to assist facilitation. Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Training requirements: suitable for Diploma and Bachelor-trained educators interested in implementing a bush kinder or nature play program, or enhancing an existing program.

    Supervision/coaching: provider offers follow-up support for initiating and developing programs.

    Australian experience: program developed and run exclusively in Australia.

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 4 – Emerging research evidence