Early Years Program

The Nature School Early Years programs are aimed at children 3-5 years. We operate similarly to a pre-school setting, therefore parents are not required to attend the session. Your child must be independent in toileting to attend.

The program runs in line with public school terms. At TNS Early Years, children learn through their own and shared exploration of the natural environment. Teachers and educators facilitate the children’s and family’s holistic development and aim to meet individual needs. The program fosters the children’s growth as confident and competent young learners by giving them the opportunity to make their own choices, cultivating their curiosity and expanding independent thinking.


Each program has a rhythm of the day which helps guide the flow of the day. The day is based around the Early Years' base camp. The sessions take place rain, hail or shine so we ask that the children bring clothing for all weather. We provide a large tent or tarp for when the children need shelter and rest, which is in the centre of base camp. Within the structured arrival and departure times there are activities which are driven by the children’s own discovery of the environment. 

These activities may include:

   - Construction (stick building, rock stacking)

   - Art and craft (clay sculpting, dirt smearing, drawing with sticks and leaves)

   - Music, Dance and Drama (using what we find to make instruments, dancing to the sounds of leaves, 

      humming songs, making up our own nature school songs)

   - Environmental studies (learning about flora and fauna, understanding why things happen in nature,  

     connecting with natural elements)

   - Outdoor Skills (building/pulling down a tent, doing a site risk assessment, bush cooking, using tools and

     natural resources, bush survival, basic first aid)

   - Imaginative Play 

   - Social interactions and Communication (group games, story telling circles, sharing knowledge and space)

   - Physical Movement (bushwalking, climbing, balancing, jumping, skipping, rolling)

Program Fees

The full day programs run Monday to Thursday (9-3) and costs $70 per day. The half day program runs  Friday (9am-12) and costs $48 a day (inclusive of GST).

Administration Fee

This is an annual fee ($100), per student, which covers administration and insurance to attend the Program. This also includes sunscreen and insect repellent.

Payment Plans & Upfront Term Payments

We recognise that upfront payment of fees can be difficult for some families, so we do offer a fortnightly payment plan for term fees. It is our hope that this will make our program more accessible for all families. For further information on fees and payment, please contact our Business Manager Karen at karen@tns.nsw.edu.au


The Nature School Early Years operates from a variety of bushland settings within 5-20 minutes of Port Macquarie. Locations will be provided once you are in touch with the team. Each weekday will remain in the same location for the duration of the term unless there is an extreme weather warning. The Nature School has permits with a variety of stakeholders such as local landowners, NSW National Parks, Forestry Corporation and the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.


If you know of any great bush locations, reserve and places to explore which are close to town, we are open for suggestions. The aim is to move locations every term to minimise the environmental impact on the location and for children to learn in different environments as each bush settings has its own treasures and magic to be discovered.  

Please refer to our FAQ page for any other questions before contacting the team.

For all enquiries, please email primaryadmin@tns.nsw.edu.au or call (02) 6581 5392


Please submit Waitlist Application form to primaryadmin@tns.nsw.edu.au

Monday 9 - 3
Tuesday 9 - 3
Wednesday 9 - 3
Thursday 9 - 3
Friday 9 - 12