Westgarth Kindergarten’s bush kinder provides a valuable forest kindergarten experience for 4-year-old kinder children enrolled at Westgarth Kindergarten.

A forest kindergarten is a type of preschool education for children held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to take the lead in playing, exploring and learning in a forest or natural environment. 

Forest schools have been operating successfully in Northern Europe for over 50 years. Bush Kinder is the first of its kind in Australia.

Bush Kinder is a special part of a Westgarth child’s total kinder experience. A model to suit our community’s and children’s specific needs. It recognises the place the bush has in Australian folklore and the significance of the land in aboriginal culture.
It draws upon and extends the existing philosophy and pedagogy of Westgarth Kindergarten to offer a unique educational program.

No toys, No tools, No art supplies
The children and adults benefit from using only what nature has provided.
“Outdoor spaces with plants, trees, rocks, mud and water invite open ended interactions, spontaneity, risk taking and a connection with nature (NQS, 2010, Element 3 Physical environment) ”

The program is held on Wurundjeri land at Darebin Parklands in partnership with Darebin Council and the Darebin Parklands Management Committee. The Darebin Parklands is adjacent to the Darebin Creek in Alphington (approx 2.5km from the Home Kindergarten). 

For more information please contact director@wgkg.vic.edu.au

We have now organised several dates for visits to our Bush Kinder program, for interested educators and parents and hope that you are able to attend.

As a heads up, you may or may not be aware that our Director, and founder of the Westgarth Kinder Bush Kinder Program, Doug Fargher, has taken a 12 month leave of absence.  As such, Doug will not be available on the day to conduct these visits.  Our dedicated and passionate educators will be there to assist with any queries, or questions you may have.


We are requesting visitors pay a nominal fee of $25.00/educator and $15.00/students to assist us with the administration costs and to help in the regeneration of the area we use for the program.  Prospective parents are not required to pay this fee.   


The dates and times are as follows - Click on the link to book your preferred time.



Wednesday 13th September 2017 - 9.30 am - 11.00 am - https://www.trybooking.com/281998

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm -  https://www.trybooking.com/282001


Where:  Darebin Parklands Bush Kinder Site 
(Enter carpark at east end of Separation St and head north along Yarana St - towards Smith St).