Nature Explorers Program
Nature Explorers is a nature based sustainability educational program that operates under Pottsville Community Preschool.
Nature Explorers provides Nature School Educational programs for children from birth to 12 years of age, as well as families and the local community. The program is founded in nature pedagogy whereby children learn with and in nature.
The curriculum is child led and directed whereby children are engaged in experiences based on their interests, strengths and emerging skills. The routine is relaxed and allows for unhurried and uninterrupted play, where children play and progress at their own pace. The program provides play based learning that supports holistic development and aligns with the Early Years Learning Framework. Children are encouraged to explore and discover the natural world and engage in opportunities that are open-ended, diverse and meaningful and provide challenge.
The natural elements in the outdoors offers challenges for children and supports problem solving, decision making and allows children to experience and learn how to manage risk, at levels they are comfortable with.
Our educational programs aim to reconnect children with their local community environment, supporting the development of knowledge and skills surrounding the importance of community and sustainability. Children build their knowledge and participate in practical hands on experiences through participation at a range of local sites, including dune areas, bushland and the Environmental Park. We aim to foster Environmental stewards within the children, developing a sense of passion to take care of our unique beautiful community and all that lives there. The children learn how to protect the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices, this will in turn help build and strengthen our communities.
This program is provided to all children enrolled at Pottsville Preschool in 2020, within their enrolled days. Sessions are also available to children within the wider community in the Preschool or Playgroup sessions. See the website to find out more...