At Immanuel Early Learning Centre, we value children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We view children holistically and believe that all aspects of a child’s development are interwoven. Offering children the opportunity to engage in natural play spaces and experiences allows them to develop resilience, independence and fosters a working partnership between educators and children so they feel empowered. Children can also develop a sense of belonging by being part of a team and evolving their own understanding of team dynamics, co-operation, communication and emotional self-regulation.
Allowing children to take considered risks in play and a hands-on approach to learning, are transferrable skills to real-life experiences.
Our Forest School program is planned in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework. Our chosen Forest School site is the edge of the Eggmolesse Environmental Park on the grounds of Immanuel Lutheran College (near the sound shell). This site is a great introduction for our children as it is a short walk and located at the entrance of the forest.
Forest School activities range from making clay forest creatures, hunting for mini beasts, identifying flora and fauna, building natural shelters, making knots and lashings, and using tools including peelers to make bush craft and wooden pencils.