Nature’s magic, from the child’s perspective, and from ours.
Please refer to the “The Environment” section. You have a “Duty of Care” for your own child/ren and will be their supervisor throughout each session. We work on the premise of the “circle of security” where you stay close to your child until they feel ready to venture forth into their wilder environment. When they do, most importantly, you are there to delight in their discoveries, joy and wonder, and guide them with their challenges. Our focus is child-led learning. A child will invite you into their play, or not. You’ll notice a shift in your role as the term progresses.
The Facilitator is your guide and mentor, and has an overall Duty of Care to all those attending the program. They dynamically risk-assess the weather, location, children’s behaviour and their response to the environment, alongside sharing the joys and working-through the challenges of “soaking in the therapy” of the bush. They are there as a support person for all participants, both children and adults.
Yes, at Cath’s house, but there is also a portable toilet available to use.
Op-shops are excellent for outdoor play clothes. Our girls’ wet-weather gear was through Muddlarks, and they’re still going strong 2 years later. Wet-weather pants are the most important. Jackets you should be able to find either second-hand or cheaply.
I wish I supplied wet-weather gear, however, until I win a Grant, you need to bring all your own protective clothing. Wet-weather pants are highly recommended. Further details regarding clothing is contained in my Extreme Weather Policy within Participant Access.
No, only in extreme weather, outlined in above policy. Bush Play is an “all-weather, all-outdoor” program. We do not spend any time inside, and don’t cancel the session unless the weather has been deemed “extreme”. Extreme weather will be if and when we’re expected to have very high winds, and/or if lightning strikes are predicted. We have shelters for unpredicted extreme weather, but we keep ourselves safe using several “safe-zones”.
Yes, preferably within your own family. You can be the Supervisor of someone else’s child if you’re their nominated “Caregiver” and through consultation with the Director. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis, for Insurance reasons.
Wherever we are at the time they’re hungry! You bring your own food and drink and we are allergy-aware.
No, ANY and all rubbish you have with you on-site will need to be taken home with you. You MUST NOT use the rubbish bins at the end of our road on your way out. (This is another specific requirement I must adhere to at all times and please refer to the “Carpark and Road Use Policy” so you understand why.) However, we do have chook buckets for vegetable scraps from snacks brought to Bush Play. We’ll learn what can and cannot feed our lovely chooks.
No Ambulance Cover is only given to individual families, not organisations, so you’ll need to arrange your own if you feel it’s important. (My husband and I have chosen not to have Private Medical Insurance, however we’ve had Ambulance Cover since the children were born.) Please refer to the “Risk Management at Bush Play” form.
You are able to arrive 10 minutes before the starting time of your nominated session.
Unfortunately, no. The session times have been specifically formulated to allow for smooth traffic movement between sessions. Please refer to the “Carpark and Road Use Policy”. Additionally, for Insurance purposes, you are unable to be on-site without the Director/Facilitator being present.