Vision & Objectives
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we learn and work together, and commit to build relationships, respect and opportunities for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Nature School Vision
A world in which all people learn from and within nature.
The Nature School Principles
The below principles affirm that The Nature School is more than simply taking young children outside to play in nature; the underpinning theories and pedagogy are integral to the effectiveness of programs. Further, the principles align with the principles and pedagogical practices underpinning Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia.
A holistic approach to children’s learning and development
Each child is unique and competent
Children are active and interactive learners
Children need real-life, first hand experiences
Children thrive in child centered environments
Children need time to experiment and develop independent thinking
Learning comes from social interaction
The Nature School Objectives
To engage children and their families in largely unstructured nature play sessions that are creative, hands on, experiential and learner-led.
To be inclusive, by valuing the individual skills and contribution of each child and catering for all needs, abilities, backgrounds and socioeconomic factors.
To improve the general health and wellbeing of children and families in our community through a deeper, more regular connection with nature.
To lay the foundations for a socially cohesive and sustainable future by nurturing creative, independent, healthy, resilient and environmentally aware children.
To deliver significant learning outcomes relevant to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Curriculum (Sustainability and Aboriginal Learning).
To build visibility and capacity through partnerships with like-minded individuals and organisations.
To develop and implement sessions that include Indigenous perspectives by working alongside the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.