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Adventure KINdy

 

Adventure play in wild spaces for children aged 3.5-5 years 

 

 2023

A 100% outdoor KINdy

Our adventure KINdy programs offer opportunities for children aged 3-5 years to come together, play, explore, take risks, and learn from the natural world through stories, songs, art, exploration, and imaginary play.

 

Based on Early Years theory and the Forest School philosophy of child-led,  play-based learning, our days at KINdy are filled with activities and opportunities for exploration and learning led by the children’s natural curiosity and wonder. 

 

Sessions are led by trained educators and take place outside in all weather.  Throughout the sessions, children can choose to participate in outdoor games, learn how to use hand tools such as saws or whittling knives, build cubbies, cook on the campfire, dig in the mud, identify bugs with magnifying glasses, or retreat to our shelter for some reading or nature craft. 
 

Adventure KINdy is a mobile kindy, situated in and around the Surf Coast on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung People during school terms. 

Session times

Wednesday's  9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Schedule

Wednesday, 26th April 2023        

Wednesday, 3rd May 2023            

Wednesday, 10th May 2023             

Wednesday, 17th May 2023             

Wednesday, 24th May 2023             

Wednesday, 31st May 2023                

Wednesday, 7th June 2023             

Wednesday, 14th June 2023               

Wednesday, 21st June 2023    

Investment

Parent Attending

$315 per child | per term 

Children 2 and under are free when attending with a sibling(s). 

DROP OFF ONLY (children can only be dropped off if they are 3 years and over)

$405 per child | per term 

CASUAL

$55 per child | per session  (causal places are offered pending availability with numbers)

In an effort to create greater equity, we wish to extend a reduced program rate to individual children who are from marginalised or single-parent families. Please contact us for further information. In doing this we hope to promote equal opportunity and inclusion for all children who would benefit from play-based education.

Age: 

 3-6 years old 

 

*BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 To make the most of these sessions, it is essential that your child has:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Hat

  • Long pants (compulsory)

  • Short-sleeved shirt in Summer, long-sleeved in winter

  • Closed-in shoes (compulsory)

  • Togs and a towel (beach locations)

  • Rain gear (wet weather only)

  • A spare change of clothes

  • Wet bag to put wet clothes in

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Repellant

 

Contact:

Please email Sarah (or call 0488623748) with any queries so that we can keep all our communications in one place. We are often out of range or in the bush running programs, so most of our administration work is done after hours. Thanks for understanding.

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Faq

FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please get in touch.

  • WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO EACH PROGRAM?
    No matter the session, whether it be playgroup or our holiday programs, we recommend children bring the following: Food Water Closed in shoes (we recommend aqua shoes, gumboots or canvas shoes they're happy to get wet and muddy). No thongs please! Long lightweight pants to minimise the risk of bites and scratches Insect repellant/sunscreen Swimmers, rashie, towel Wet gear if rain is predicted - rain jacket, pants and gumboots Spare change (or two) of clothes and shoes
  • WHAT HAPPENS IF IT'S RAINING?
    Then we get to jump in puddles! We go by the old Norwegian saying, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing”. So if it’s raining, dress your child appropriately, with a rain jacket, gumboots, warm socks and weatherproof pants and send a spare set of warm clothes. It is a great chance for your child to explore and discover how our land changes in all seasons and our children quite often say that wet days are the best days!
  • CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF AT YOUR PROGRAM?
    Put simply: Wildlings Holiday Program (7+) - Yes Nature Playgroup- No Adventure KINdy - Yes
  • DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE? WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
    KIN Surf Coast is insured under leisure liability coverage by SPORTSCOVER. Part of your weekly fee goes towards personal accident insurance for your child. Our insurance policy is very comprehensive and covers $20 million public liability.
  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR FOREST KINDY PROGRAM AND PLAYGROUP?
    Playgroup is a two hour session, that has a heavy focus on free play, simple craft, songs and stories. Adventure Kindy is a full day program and is run by qualified Leader/s and teach children bush craft skills such as how to safely use hand tools (including bow/hand saws, whittling knives, hand drills, hammers, etc.), lighting and cooking over a camp fire, raft building, cubby making and other specialist skills and 'riskier' activities. Playgroup can be held at different locations each week whilst adventure KINdy is generally held in the same location (with the odd excursion to a different environment).
  • WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE ENTIRE TERM PROGRAM IN ADVANCE?
    Paying for the program in advance minimises administration time, processing fees and invoices, ensuring we get to spend more time creating and running excellent programs. You can choose to pay and attend any of our weekly programs casually if you would prefer. We hope you understand.
  • WHY DO YOU COST 'SO MUCH'?
    We are an Activity Provider, not an Education or Care Provider and therefore we do not qualify for a childcare rebate. We are not owned by a big corporation that can back us, buy in bulk and distribute profit and loss amongst many franchisees. We are not a non-profit organisation so do not have access to grants. We are a small business that needs to pay our own way. Our insurance premiums are higher than most businesses due to the perceived higher risk by insurance companies of working outdoors with children and we need more staff on the ground than most businesses due to required ratios. We hire an excellent space and we purchase ethical, sustainable, local resources wherever we can. We run an excellent, unique program and we are passionate about the benefits of taking education outdoors. We hope you understand.
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