In April 2017 Kin Kin introduced Bush Kindy. Children’s time in the Bush Kindy environment provides educators with many opportunities to develop children’s skills of observation and communication. The skills learnt at bush kindy not only help to focus the children’s curiosity but also build a solid foundation for future scientific learning (Buchan, 2015).
Observation is the cornerstone of the inquiry process. It begins an investigation and continues throughout it. When making observations, young children are learning to gather evidence, organise their ideas and propose explanations about the world around them Williams-Siegfredsen (2012).
At Bush Kindy we will be challenging young children to use their senses to make detailed observations about the world around them. We will bringing this learning back to childcare, using the skills we have learnt at bush kindy in the outdoor play space.
Through critical reflection many educators have recognised that since they implemented the Bush Kindy children who have engaged in nature play programmes like the ones we are now going to be embarking on have many positive benefits. Children seem to show less negative traits whilst engaged in these programmes.
Researchers have found that children have more motivation, increased confidence and concentration, deeper conceptual understandings, better physical, social and language skills, and appreciation for the environment around them (Borradaile, 2006; Massey, 2004; Murray, 2004; Murray & O’ Brien, 2005; O’Brien & Murray, 2008; O’Brien, 2009). Children who are engaged in these types of play are better at engaging in varied types of adventurous activities (Waters & Begley, 2007).