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Steiner Nature Playgroup

A rhythmic Steiner playgroup led by experienced leaders in a magical bush setting

Weaving stories, songs and crafts to create a sense of place and belonging

Our Steiner outdoor nature playgroup is a time for families to slow down and gain a deeper connection to the environment and each other.
Located in a beautiful natural setting, and moving gently with the seasons, our mornings have a nurturing rhythm that holds the group together throughout the year.
Each week there are seasonal stories, songs, and crafts for adults to take part in, a nature walk to observe seasonal changes in our environment, and additional activities that foster learning through play, imitation, exploration, and imagination.

Session times

9.30am - 11.30am

Location

Freshwater Creek Reserve, Dickens Road

Schedule

Thursdays

Thursday, 27th April 2023        

Thursday, 4th May 2023            

Thursday, 11th May 2023             

Thursday,18th May 2023             

Thursday, 25th May 2023             

Thursday, 1st June 2023                

Thursday, 8th June 2023             

Thursday, 15th June 2023               

Thursday, 22nd June 2023 

Fridays 

Friday, 28th April 2023        

Friday, 5th May 2023            

Friday, 12th May 2023             

Friday, 19th May 2023             

Friday, 26th May 2023             

Friday, 2nd June 2023                

Friday, 9th June 2023             

Friday, 16th June 2023 - no session             

Investment

Thursdays- 9 weeks

$252| single child | per term (children under the age of one are free when attending with a paying sibling)

Fridays- 7 weeks

$196| single child | per term (children under the age of one are free when attending with a paying sibling)

Casual visits- $35 per child​ (if spaces are available)

*BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL*

To make the most of these sessions, we recommend that your child has:

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Hat

  • Long pants

  • Closed-in shoes (compulsory)

  • Rain gear (wet weather only)

  • A spare change of clothes

  • Wet bag to put wet clothes in

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug Repellant

 

Contact:

Please email kinsurfcoast@gmail.com 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 reach out.

  • 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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