Kids go bush for kinder

3Whiz Kidz staff and kids happy about the kinder receiving a grant to allow them to go on more excursions. (Damjan Janevski) 90650_03

Sydenham kids are being given the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

A state government led program will see the Whiz Kidz Early Learning Centre and Preschool in Delahey receive a one-off grant of $6000 to offer a bush kinder program in 2024.

Bush kinder programs are delivered outdoors at places including parks, bushland and beaches – giving children a unique opportunity and freedom to learn through play with natural materials in outdoors.

The bush kinder will take place at the beginning of term 3.

The programs are educational and exciting – with a significant positive impact on a child’s development, as well as on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Sydenham MP Natalie Hutchins said supporting the Whiz Kidz Early Learning Centre and Preschool in Delahey will boost children’s health.

“Bush kinder programs are not just fun and educational, they also help to keep kids active and connect them with nature,” she said.

The $6000 grants will help the kindergarten buy the equipment they need to run programs that focus on getting outside, playing with natural materials, and learning through activities such as climbing trees and watching wildlife.

Kindergartens without access to a suitable off-site location can use their grant funding to enhance the biodiversity of their existing outdoor environment.