Bush Sprouts in Schools
We run our Bush Sprouts Programme weekly, in your School or pre-school’s local bush area; Mentoring your teachers and students to create a quality, sustainable nature play programme.
The Bush Sprouts programme has currently run in 16+ schools/ECE centres in the Wellington region, receiving positive reviews from Principals, whānau and children.
We may have funding available for your School to set up and run the Bush Sprouts programme in your local bush!
Contact us to talk about one-off EOTC days or specific training; we may be able to help.
The Bush Sprouts programme is a long-term nature play programme where our experienced and qualified staff take children and teachers and support staff from your School to your local bush weekly. Our Bush Sprouts programme is inspired by Forest Schools and Udeskole philosophies and fits in well with Te Whariki and the NZ curriculum vision and principles. We have a curriculum links document available upon request.
During a term’s Bush Sprouts sessions, teachers will be mentored and gain experience and skills to enable confidence to continue running Bush Sprouts sessions after our involvement. We involve you in the risk management and planning, so that these skills and knowledge are passed on.
Programmes are tailored to your place and your people; so could involve weekly day long sessions with a targeted group, two half-day sessions a week with small groups, or another make-up that suits your school/centre.
Place-based learning, and in particular outdoor free play, allow risk taking and challenge. These promote resilience, social competency, self-confidence, group ethos, leadership, working theories and a whole lot more benefits that are hard to teach in a classroom/centre-based setting.
Schools and groups we have run Bush Sprouts programmes with so far: (many thanks to funding from Tū Manawa)
-St Theresa’s Catholic School, Plimmerton (ongoing)
-Cannons Creek School
-Holy Family School
-Nuanua Kindergarten (ongoing)
-Toru Fetu Kindergarten (ongoing)
-Pukerua Bay School
-Ngāti Toa School
-The Porirua Project
Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005).
Wellington, New Zealand
027 438 5366