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Little KIN

 

All-day nature play program for little adventurers

Nurturing wild and curious minds in the outdoors

Our little KIN nature play program is an all-weather outdoor program, offering opportunities for children aged 3-6 to spend a longer day out in nature to discover, imagine, have adventures, and learn about their capabilities and the natural environment.

With the aim to nurture a lifelong love of the outdoors, each day, children are given opportunities to choose their own adventure which may include climbing trees, scrambling over fallen logs, building cubbies, going yabbying in the dam, playing on our rope swing, or even going for a nature walk. 

With small groups and a high adult-child ratio, children are also offered a range of additional self-directed learning experiences which may include learning how to:
 

-Utilise and craft with hand tools

- Tie knots to build nature cubbies

- Light a fire, cook on it, and understand fire safety

-Flora and fauna identification

Our days follow a relaxed and predictable rhythm and are designed to meet the needs of children's safety, food, rest, and toileting.  

Research shows that children who spend time outdoors in nature

  • Have greater self-confidence and worth

  • Are sick less often

  • Are more physically active

  • Have a higher measure of resilience

  • Have greater emotional intelligence

  • Understand how to assess risk intuitively; and

  • Have greater imagination and creativity

SESSION TIMES

Mondays  9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Monday, 24th April 2023        

Monday, 1st May 2023            

Monday, 8th May 2023             

Monday, 15th May 2023             

Monday, 22nd May 2023             

Monday, 29th May 2023                

Monday, 5th June 2023             

Monday, 12th June 2023- no session, public holiday               

Monday, 19th June 2023 

Investment

PARENT ATTENDING

$85 per child | per week ($17 p/h)

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

$95 per child | per week ($19 p/h)

CASUAL

$110 per child | per session ($22 p/hr) (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: 

 3-5 years old 

 

*BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

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

  • Food

  • Water

  • Long pants (compulsory)

  • Closed-in shoes (compulsory)

  • Rain gear (wet weather only)

  • A spare change of clothes

  • Wet bag to put wet clothes in

  • Bug Repellant (if you prefer your own)

 

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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