Goodstart bush kinder program explores Yanchep National Park

Children enrolled at Goodstart early learning centres explore Yanchep National Park. Pictures supplied
Children enrolled at Goodstart early learning centres explore Yanchep National Park. Pictures supplied

A CHILDCARE program that encourages children to have greater respect for the natural environment will resume next month.

Goodstart early learning centres in Merriwa and Clarkson each take up to five children a week to the Yanchep National Park as part of a ‘bush kinder’ program that started last year.

Assistant directors Louise Haffenden for Clarkson and Andrea Garlick for Merriwa said the program helped increase confidence, motivation and concentration among the children, as well as increasing their social, physical and language skills.

Its benefits are also said to include deeper conceptual understanding and respect for the natural environment.

The children have been learning about risky play and nature play through climbing, balancing and jumping from nature structures.

The program, which will resume in February, also teaches them about native animals and plants and indigenous culture.

Parent Naomi McCristal said it had given her daughter “wonderful experiences”.

“Ocean has enjoyed it every time she has gone,” she said.

“She comes home so excited to tell me about everything she has seen and done.

“I feel as though she learns so much when she goes out on the bush kindy.”