Bush Kinder Overview

At Jacaranda Pre-School we believe childhood is precious and that an important part of childhood is being outside in nature.

We know in our hearts that children need more time outside in nature. This knowledge is supported by research.

Children are natural learners. Bush Kinder will provide yourchild with the time and an ideal environment for them to learn in three and a half hours of uninterrupted play in the bush, using what nature has provided as learning materials.

Bush Kinder will be a special part of your child’s total kinder experience. 

They will have the opportunity to play in the rain, roll down grassy mounds, balance along fallen logs, get involved in dramatic play, find insects, draw with sticks in the ground, make mud pies. Each child’s developmental progression, advancing skill levels and particular interests will be noted by their teachers. The teachers will use this knowledge to support the children’s learning just as they do at kinder.

Teachers will support children as they take the risks and face challenges essential to well rounded learning.

Stories will be told, knowledge will be shared, songs will be sung.  Through play your children will connect with and respect this space. They will connect with their land in a way that cannot be done under a roof or within walls.


Prior to the commencement of each session, teachers will scan the bush space for safety and new areas of potential interest.

Each Bush Kinder session will begin with the group meeting together with the teachers. A story may be told or a group discussion may take place. The children will then be free to engage in play within the boundaries of the Bush Kinder site. After about an hour the children will be gathered to sit together, chat, eat a snack and have a drink. The children will then be free to re engage in play until the session concludes.


The staff and Committee of Management would like to acknowledge the financial support received through the City of Whittlesea and the Shape Your Future Grant.

WHERE IS THE PROGRAM RUN? - Please click the link below for a map