Young children have an immense interest in their world. We use this natural curiosity to inspire and encourage further learning at Kenmore Park Kindy. The research is wide ranging and from all parts of the globe that children who have access to outdoor environments are stronger mentally and physically.
“Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor skills, including coordination, balance and agility, and are sick less often.” (Grahn,et al.1997, Fjortoft & Sageie 2001) “Exposure to natural environments improves children’s cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills” (Pyle 2002) ” Nature buffers the impact of life’s stresses on children and helps them deal with adversity. The greater the amount of natural exposure, the greater the benefits.” (Wells & Evans 2013)
Our dynamic staff have committed to taking the children on regular, walking excursions down to the local creek, to collect interesting things. Leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours – developing important science skills of classification, observation and identification in action! There is so much to learn in nature. We have purchased an electronic magnifying class that we use back in the classroom when we want to take a closer look and have been both delighted and amazed by our findings.
We have found a magic place where all the vines grow thick and strong, and provide a natural jungle gym for our children to try out their skills and strengths.