Nature Explorers Philosophy

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In our relationships with children we;

  • support children’s learning and holistic development through play at an unhurried pace

  • acknowledge that children have a voice and are capable, competent and resourceful learners that can direct their own learning

  • create an engaging program that extends upon children’s ideas and interests to provide challenges and adventurous play

  • value the pedagogy of learning with and in nature and are inspired by the Forest School approach

  • foster children to engage in decision making, problem solving, thinking skills and ‘risky play’ 

  • promote social learning and relationships through connections in play

 

In our role as educators we;

  • view our educator role as a co-learner and collaborator with children and through play provide provocations, encourage, guide, scaffold and facilitate learning

  • are committed to delivering a high quality program based on researched ‘best practice’ and uphold integrity of the program 

  • encourage a culture of life-long learning by resourcing educators to grow through training and upskilling

  • values the dynamic culture of the educator team that fosters wellbeing, collaboration, knowledge sharing and promotes strengths 

 

In relation to the natural environment we;

  • acknowledge and respect that we meet on land that traditionally belongs to the Goodjinburra people of the Bundjalung nation and embed Indigenous culture in everyday practice.

  • foster children’s sense of belonging to sites and the program and encourages the stewardship of land and water

  • foster children’s learning in and with nature and view the environment as a third teacher

  • embed sustainability practices into our everyday practices to build connections with the land and instil a lifelong passion for the care of our world

  • value opportunities for children to develop skills in managing risks, giving children empowerment, a sense of agency and independence

 

In our relationships with families we;

  • build meaningful relationships with families through trusting, inclusive and respectful connections

  • value the wealth of knowledge families provide about their child to support continuity and progression in their child’s learning

  • encourage the interest and involvement of parents to share in decision making, contribute and feel part of their program 

  • believe in embracing and valuing the richness and diversity of our children, families and community

 

In our partnerships with community we;

  • view children as citizens that can actively participate, contribute and engage meaningfully in their community

  • build reciprocal respectful partnerships with community working collaboratively to connect, share knowledge, and support community initiatives

  • care for the environment and land on which our community grows

  • believe that the community is the basis for our learning, our being, our belonging, our becoming.

Explorers are actively involved in the regeneration of our bush sites through weeding and re-planting of local native plants.

Explorers engage in mindfulness experiences, a time to relax and be present in the moment, an opportunity to use their senses, have an awareness of their own body and enjoy a sense of calm and peace.