YMCA Victoria - Bush Kinder
|Overview||A program run in a large contained area of natural bushland that is purposely set up for kindergarten children to visit and play freely.|
|Deliverers||YMCA staff, kindergarten teachers, volunteer parent helpers|
|Training and Resources||YMCA staff worked with kindergarten teachers to discuss program ethos and desired outcomes. Volunteer parent helpers received an introduction and safety briefing before each session.|
|Duration||5 x 5 hour visits (1 per fortnight)|
|Age||3 - 4 years|
|Description||Children who attend a local kindergarten|
Physical literacy outcomes
YMCA Victoria - Bush Kinder helped children develop across all four domains of physical literacy – physical, psychological, social and cognitive.
The program was successful in developing key elements across all four domains of physical literacy in young children which will support them to continue to be active.
Allowing children the time and space for self-directed play provided the opportunity for children to explore risk. This resulted in building confidence and improving their independent judgment and thinking around physical activities.
The program built the confidence of teachers and volunteers around how to facilitate unstructured play in a natural outdoor setting.
YMCA staff provided parents with information on suitable family camping locations and built their confidence and enthusiasm for being more active in nature.