Bush playgroup – Term 4

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.


BUSH KINDER    (3-5yrs)

Friday 13th October – Friday 8th December   (9 weeks)


Term Fee  $120

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BUSH babies PLAYGROUP   –     (0-3 yrs)

Wednesdays 11th October – Wednesday 6th December  (9 weeks)

9.30-11.15am    or    2-3.45pm

Term fee $96

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Venue: Castlemaine Botanical  Gardens, meet at the second car-park in Froomes Road.

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

children in the bush

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



“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).