Our Bush Playgroup is modelled on the Forest School concept, nurturing awareness and interaction with nature. It is held predominantly outdoors in the sandpit near the chooks and vegetable garden and our specially designed Sensory Nature Trail. Some weeks during good weather we venture down behind the school oval to the Secret Forest, climbing trees and building cubbies.
Our session begins at 9:30am where we meet in the sleepy dragon sandpit. Free play and morning tea preparation takes place while parents assist with gardening and tidy up.
Families bring along a piece of fruit to share for morning tea, their drink bottles and a healthy packed lunch. Warm Rooibos tea is poured while we sing our morning songs and say a little blessing over our meal.
Bush playgroup is child focused so we ask that mobile phone use is kept to an absolute minimum. It is also important that parents are mindful of conversation topics that may not be in the best interests of the children. Adults are invited to model service throughout the session, helping chop fruit, set the table, wash dishes, craft and care for our garden. When settled, children are welcome to explore the environment at their own pace, safe in the knowledge that the grown ups are busy with ‘work’ of their own nearby.
In the lead up to lunch, seasonal songs and story time are an important opportunity for children and parents to take an ‘in breath’ and come together after robust outdoor play.
Our playgroup session concludes at around 12 noon, when we sing our goodbye song and prepare to gently depart into the next stage of our day.
In Bush Playgroup it is important to come prepared with plenty of clothing layers and a sun hat as the breeze can be quite nippy on a cool day. Rain is no deterrent, in fact the children love it so bring along what keeps you both comfortable and as dry as possible. We do have shelter available so do not fear, there is a little reprieve if it gets torrential.
Fees are calculated on a term by term basis and new families are able to take part in a complimentary session to try us out. If you would like to join us for the remainder of term fees can be paid via EFT with details on the enrolment form.
It is a requirement of our playgroup that everyone is a member of Playgroup SA for insurance purposes. Early bird family membership (payable before 15 March) is only $35 for the year and entitles you to insurance cover plus a quarterly magazine, discount card, and is fully transferrable to any other playgroup in the state. Please join up online at: http://www.playgroupsa.com.au/membership-types.html
In the event that the weather is predicted to reach 36 degrees or more, our hot weather policy will be enforced and playgroup will not go ahead that day.
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