Harrietville Bush Kinder believes that contact with nature is critical for our physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. It has positive effects on our ability to concentrate, to learn, to solve problems, to relax and to be creative.
Harrietville Bush Kinder will focus on each child’s self-esteem, confidence and kindness to others through creativity, persistence and social connectedness. The natural setting will allow the strengths of each child to emerge. Children will see the world around them with wonder and will learn to explore, consider and communicate what they find, need and offer. Our Bush Kinder program allows the children to experience nature and its elements across the seasons, recognising the place the bush has in Australia and the significance of the land in Aboriginal culture.
Learning outdoors using the Early Years Framework:
Identity. Children develop a sense of security with familiarity. Regular sessions learning outdoors helps children build and explore their identity.
Community. Through firsthand experience, children develop an awareness of their impact on the local environment and can get involved in caring for nature.
Wellbeing. Regular contact with nature relieves children’s minds and ignites curiosity. Outdoor environments allow children to expand and refine their abilities, mentally and physically.
Learning. Ever changing outdoor environments invite hypothesising, imagination, interaction, problem solving and experimenting.
Communication. Children can share stories, use natural materials to create art and interact with each other and their surroundings to create drama and music.
National Quality Standards for Early Childhood
A child’s ability to access nature and learn outdoors is fundamental within the National Quality Framework. Learning outdoors promotes a child’s health (Quality Standard 2) through relaxation, physical activity and spontaneous experiences. By placing children in a natural outdoor setting (Quality Standard 3), they have the opportunity for independent exploration and to participate in real-life projects and care for the environment they live in.
Child Safe Standards
Harrietville Primary School has always set high standards and expectations to ensure our school is a safe, happy and productive environment. During 2016, the new Child Safe Standards were released and upon self-reflection as a school, we are in a great place with a lot of the work we have done and continue to do. We hope this information helps you and the wider community become more familiar with the Standards, what your role is within the community and how we as a school continue to work towards these standards.(Extracted from Ministerial Order No. 870)
To create and maintain a child safe organisation, Harrietville Primary School will be implementing, reviewing and improving each of the standards as below:
Standard 1 – strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
Standard 2 – Develop, implement and review a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3 – Review current code of conduct so that it establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
Standard 4 – Implement appropriate screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Standard 5 – Continue to develop and implement processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse in line with DET
Standard 6 – Implement recommended strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7 – Further develop strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
In complying with the child safe standards, Harrietville Primary School includes the following principles as part of each standard:
• promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children
• promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
• promoting the safety of vulnerable children and children with a disability
• make reasonable efforts to accommodate all students
Please contact our school principal, Samantha Pellegrini or our Business Manager, Kristie Corbett for further information.
Phone: (03) 5759 2533 Email: HARRIETVILLE.PS@EDUMAIL.VIC.GOV.AU