St Paul's News
Back to Nature
Date: August 10, 2020
Excited children are running, laughing and learning through play at the newly developed playground of St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School’s Early Learning Centre.
During the mid-year school holidays, the grounds of the centre were redeveloped into a wonderland of nature that is designed to allow students to experience a play area founded on exploration through play in a natural environment, ‘loose play’ and an opportunity to collaborate, gather, socialise with other children, teachers, parents and the community.
The redevelopment coincides with the ELC’s Nature Kinder program that supports the St Paul’s ELC’s overall philosophy of promoting learning through play and embraces the ability of children to explore, create, problem-solve, collaborate and imagine.
Through the Nature Kinder program, children are given opportunities to connect to nature within a holistic approach. Taking place in outdoor spaces within the school grounds, the children are able to explore trees, bushes, dirt, sticks, seeds and mud, enabling them to use their imaginative and creative skills through play-based education on a weekly basis.
Children benefit from the program by making connections intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically to gain deeper conceptual understandings, increased creativity and spirituality as they engage within the individual learning process.
The Nature Kinder program encourages each child to discover and explore, whilst respecting the natural environment and learning the importance of caring for nature. Children are encouraged to acknowledge the connection with the land and respect for the Gunaikurnai people, the original custodians of our land.
This term the children are focusing on engaging with and respecting the environment and are learning about being green, recycling and looking after our environment and future.
The ELC children are having a wonderful time engaging in the Nature Kinder program and outdoor play with a new area that provides children of all abilities a space to use their imagination and explore the outdoor play areas. It includes a water play area with a water pump and mud pit; climbing areas; sandpit; raised ramp; an indigenous food garden; and vegetable and herb garden.