What are your values and purpose?
We aim to inspire the children who join us to be enveloped with a love for life and nature, while we guide them to develop a sense of self-awareness and confidence as they grow into conscious and heart-centered citizens of the world.
We value a nature honouring, slower pace of life and above all else, to hold space for children to play and the time that they deserve to be curious children for as long as possible so that they may truly land in who they are, not what society wishes them to be, and gain the skills to navigate in this world as a comfortable, secure adult in their own unique body and mind.
What makes you different?
We understand that children need space and movement to develop, learn and grow. A child constricted to a desk will become fiddly and distracted because they’re not releasing their abundant growing energy. So, we spend as much time outside as possible, allowing children to move, explore, run, roll, jump and climb. We make sure we include this important movement so that our brains can then be ready to learn and focus.
We observe and support the children in their own curiosity led development. We don’t force any particular learning or direction on a child and honour their own pace of development.
We do also prepare children, should they one day want to go to big school, in literacy, numeracy, social skills, emotional intelligence and creative and critical thinking. And as far as possible we teach these skills through the ‘head-hands-and-heart’ approach through multi-sensory learning, tactile engagement and contextual examples, versus simply a head approach that would require the tracing of numbers and letters with pen and pencil.
What are the teachers qualified in?
At Nature Plays our educators have their Early Childhood Development Qualification and are trained in the Forest School approach as well as the Reggio Emilia pedagogies, both of which, when combined form a magical way of learning.
Our educators know to role-model inquisitiveness and play, as well as a reflective attitude. We embrace play in our own lives and we continue to develop our own inner child.
All our facilitators are passionate about focusing on the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, communication and language development of children: the whole child.
Beyond this each facilitator and member of our team has their own unique interests and backgrounds which combine to form a vibrant forest of expertise and knowledge. You can learn more about our team here.