Nurture Through Nature implements a values-based curriculum incorporating the Early Years Learning Framework guided by the National Quality Framework.
The curriculum is based on children’s fascinations and what fills them with wonder and awe. We strive for in-depth learning, teaching the children life skills through authentic experiences such as gardening, cooking, music, poetry, yoga, art, woodwork, stories, and dance.
We build relationships with families right from the very start using a range of sources to build a picture of learning and development, such as information gathered from our personalised orientation prior to commencing, children’s interests, daily play experiences and opportunities for regular meetings with families. We believe children learn through play and the environments are beautiful and authentic with the environment as the ‘third teacher’.
The Daily Curriculum displayed in the entry programs are intentionally and thoughtfully planned to reflect the services statement of purpose, our Leadership, Educators, families and children’s voices.
LEARNING WITH NATURE
At Nurture Through Nature, children thrive outside, which is why they have access to the outdoors rain or shine. We provide raincoats and gumboots for the children so they can continue their investigations. We believe there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
While outdoors, we’re intentional in providing opportunities for high-risk experiences (in safe and supervised environments) that will teach children new skills such as whittling using real tools and cooking over a fire pit.
Aside from having fun, we believe in teaching environmental responsibility. To have a truly sustainable practice we must teach our children to love nature now so when they’re adults, they will want to protect it.
We promote care of the environment and its resources. Children are actively encouraged to conserve the use of water and materials available.
"The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves".
At Nurture Through Nature, our curriculum is strongly inspired by these principals and practices of Emmi Pikler. The Pikler approach is based on a kind and respectful relationship between an adult and infant, through tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free movement and uninterrupted play – still relevant today.
The arts are an integral component of our curriculum.
“Creativity takes courage”
– Henry Matisse
Children have access to meaningful art experiences through a variety of mediums. We believe it’s the process and experience that’s important and that children should have the experiences to explore their creativity through open-ended art opportunities. Children discover their world through authentic experiences with a deeper, stronger learning behind it.
By providing opportunities for exploration, children have a deeper understanding of materials and how to use them. The children will be invited to take part in collaborative projects throughout the year and engage with different mediums such as watercolours, beeswax, clay, paint, chalk, and charcoal. They will learn about different forms of art such as sculpture, transient art, light installations, painting, felting, papermaking, and observational drawing.