Westgarth Kindergarten’s bush kinder pilot program provides a valuable forest kindergarten (Australian bush) 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; however, Bush Kinder@Westgarth is an Australian first. We are very excited to be able to bring the benefits of forest schooling ‘Down Under’ and give Aussie kids more opportunities to learn, explore and connect with nature. 

The program is held 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 Kindergarten). 

For more information please contact bushkindarep1@wgkg.vic.edu.au