Campus Creche has a nature-based programme that operates for our older children. These programmes are an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of this approach is to encourage children to experience positive learning opportunities in a bush setting. This programme is loosely modelled on the European Forest Schools programmes. Children in the 21st century often do not spend very much time outside and this programme gives the children at Creche opportunities to explore the natural world on a regular basis.
The programmes aim to provide opportunities for children to:
- Explore, discover and become competent confident learners in the natural world.
- To take risks in a safe environment.
- Develop and enhance their sense of wonderment, awe and curiosity for the natural world.
- Develop their leadership and social competence skills.
- Study and appreciate the changes of seasons in the natural world.
- Study the cycles of life.
- Atua (the Māori Gods).
- Learn to care for the land.
In each centre there is a slightly different model. Groups of children go on regular excursions to natural spaces for the day. They travel in University vans and the teachers who drive the vans have participated in defensive driving tests where their driving has been evaluated.
Maire go to the Taitua Arboretum in Dinsdale. Kauri travel to Pukemokemoke and spend the day at the Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve. The Kauri programme is known as the Ngahere Explorers.
To see more, have a look at our excursions gallery here.