Westgarth team contribute to Early Childhood Resources Hub Newsletter

posted 20 Mar 2018, 16:40 by Doug Fargher

With the increased interest in Bush Kinder our team is often asked to share their expertise. In this ESA Newsletter Westgarth bush kinder and Angelsea's Bush Kinder are highlighted.


Bush Kinder Evaluation Report

posted 15 Oct 2012, 21:42 by Doug Fargher

"This report documents how the pilot program has exceeded all expectations"

Evaluation study and report prepared by Ms Sue Elliott and Dr Barbara Chancellor RMIT University, 

at the request of the Westgarth Kindergarten Bush Kinder Sub-Committee.


Thanks to the Bush Kinder community of children, parents and educators for your involvement and a special thanks to Sue and Barbara.

Bush Kinder blog

posted 10 Oct 2012, 20:29 by Doug Fargher   [ updated 10 Oct 2012, 20:39 ]


I have just begun a publicly accessible Bush Kinder blog.
Please check it out and add comments.If you have a topic you would like me to write on please let me know.
Lots of Bush Kinder information.


Gowrie Article

posted 11 Jun 2012, 18:15 by Doug Fargher

Gowrie are a leading training, research, resource agency in Australia.
At the end of last year I was approached to write an article for their journal Reflections.
Here it is. Winter 2012 issue 47 

C & K Brisbane

posted 29 May 2012, 09:42 by Doug Fargher   [ updated 29 May 2012, 10:03 ]

C&K are a 100 year old association with 400 early childhood services.
Over the weekend I presented Bush Kinder to a an appreciative audience at C&K's conference in Brisbane. I also managed to meet some inspiring people.
On Sunday I had lunch and a chat with elders Aunty Gina Archer [chair of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee] and Uncle Albert Holt [Chair of the Searchlight Education Board, and integral in establishing the Murri Court] What a privilege! 

Tim Gill's keynote was a highlight. He gave mention to our Bush Kinder, and came along to listen in on one of my sessions. I felt very proud of us!

Special visitor

posted 29 May 2012, 09:31 by Doug Fargher

MP Craig Ondarchie will be dropping into kinder on May 30th
Craig has been a long term advocate for Bush Kinder
Thanks Craig

Join DPA Junior Rangers Club

posted 14 Feb 2012, 07:43 by Doug Fargher

For just $2 children can join the Junior Ranger Club.

What activities do Junior Rangers do?

Throughout the year the DPA holds special “just for kids” events, including spotlighting and bonfire night. These events are free for Junior Rangers. Junior Rangers are also encouraged to come along to Park Care Days and learn about planting trees and keeping the park environment clean and healthy. Other fun activities include the Catch- a-Carp Day.


Bush Kinder Reps 2012

posted 14 Feb 2012, 07:36 by Doug Fargher

We have one or two vacancies for parents to become Bush Kinder reps. Have a chat to Doug to find out what is involved.

Speaking about Bush Kinder

posted 11 Dec 2011, 20:52 by Doug Fargher

This year I spoke at the EEEC Conference, Darebin Parklands AGM, Play Australia AGM and to graduates at the University of Melbourne. Interest continues to grow and during 2012 there will be more opportunities share the Bush Kinder story.

Park Care Day

posted 2 Nov 2011, 01:57 by Unknown user

Park Care Day

Sunday 27 November, 1-3pm

Please join us for a park care day. We'll be planting poa seeds harvested in the parklands to grow native grasses for our revegetation project. This is a fun activity and you can take home a box to care for if you like.
All welcome. Afternoon tea and all equipment provided.
Meet at the parklands environment centre at the end of Separation Street, Alphington.


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