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📑 ‘We don’t mollycoddle them’: The preschools letting kids spend hours in the dirt
While there’s a huge appetite among educators for bush kinder programs, Elliott cautions against seeing nature as just another playground.
For bush kinder to be truly meaningful for children, she says, it must focus on leading them towards a deeper, more sustainable relationship with the natural world.
“It’s about the relationship between humans and between humans and the Earth,” she says.
Lisa Clausen investigates the world of the bush kinder program and the potential for problem solving and the appreciation for the environment through outdoor learning. This feels like it fits with Brendon Hyndman’s research into the power of play, while others such as Narissa Leung, Adrian Camm and John Johnston have explored the topic. Sadly, such experiences of getting outdoors are often restricted to things such as school camps.