Bush playgroup

eucalypt dyeing

Good the earth beneath your feet
Good the beautiful water
Good the bright and bonny sweet air
Good the leaping fire

Come and join us with your little ones for a program based on the bush kinder model. The program includes circle time, rhythm in movement and song and story. We discuss habitat and do lots of exploration and discovery.

These wonderful groups are led by Rosa De Maria.

Both groups will run again this term. The Wednesday Group can still be intimate at times so if you can let others know there is  still availability on this day. It is already being frequented by a lovely group of young families – any additions would be greatly appreciated!


0-3 year olds:      Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am

3 – 5 year olds:        Thursdays 9.30-11.30am                         

Venue: Castlemaine Botanical  Gardens, outside the Tea Room. There is parking on Downes Road, Castlemaine close to the Tea Room.

There is a fee of $12 per session per family for those wishing to attend on a casual basis.

For enquiries about bookings and fees please contact Rose directly on 0432 904 240

Healthy snacks are provided.children in the bush

There are additional walks to look at local flora and fauna – free for enrolled families.

We would really like to encourage families to join for the full term if possible. It helps parents to commit to a weekly rhythm for their child/children which ultimately helps children to learn and bond better. This also allows sessions to run to their full potential in terms of group dynamics and learning outcomes.


“Play in nature improves children’s moods, increases resilience and reduces stress levels. It also helps children connect with each other. When I talk about nature, I’m not just talking about wilderness. We use the term nearby nature. This can mean the clump of trees at the end of a cul-de-sac or a ravine behind the house. Through an adult’s eye that ravine can seem insignificant but through a child’s eye that ravine can be the whole universe. Sometimes the connection with nature doesn’t happen straight away. It may take a few weeks to embrace the space and realise the possiblities of nature. Bush play draws on the natural environment to inspire and guide the children. This affords the opportunity to be creative while also increasing their awareness and understanding of the environment around them. Research suggests children who spend more time outdoors in nature are happier, healthier, stronger, smarter and more social.”

Read more: Richard Louv, Last Child In The Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (2005).