Centennial Parklands, through its Bush School program, has been delivering nature education and wild play experiences to thousands of school children. Now, we’re expanding this exciting program into the Out of School Hours (OOSH) sector.
But first, a little about Bush School…
OOSH in the Bush is coming!
Thanks to a $76,000 grant from the NSW Government Environmental Trust, OOSH in the Bush creates a significant and meaningful connection between children in OOSH care with a wild place; inspiring confidence, curiosity and a sense of care for the animals and plants within it.
Supporting OOSH educators achieve their objectives
The program will support OOSH centres to implement the new outdoor play and sustainability requirements of the My Time, Our Place Framework. The resource will be developed in partnership with Network of Community Activities to equip OOSH staff with native play knowledge and ideas.
The program will also provide online opportunities for educators to have access to activity ideas, nature play education tips and webinars, and information on risk benefit and safety in nature. A website for OOSH in the Bush will be launched in 2015 at Network’s biannual conference.
Based on research, delivered in person
The Grant is also funding two academics from the University of Western Sydney to observe, survey and develop specific improvements to ensure the program is meeting its objectives.
We are currently delivering trial programs of OOSH in the Bush at Centennial Parklands, and we expect to roll-out a general bookable program from mid-2015.
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