Fresh methods of education
FREE Range Kids believe children need fresh air, exercise and physical activity to keep their bodies and minds fit and healthy.
Free Range children are those who are encouraged to pursue a physically active lifestyle and have available to them an environment which encourages this.
The centre does not have media or technological activities for children as staff believe children can learn from spending active time outdoors.
The Junior Farmers Program encourages participation from all groups in the centre to learn from the world around them outdoors.
The objective of the program is for children to develop their skills through the management of a small farm; for children to demonstrate an understanding about caring for the natural environment; and for children to have an awareness of the need to sustain farming as a natural resource for the community in the future.
Children will have the opportunity to care for and learn about farm animals and what they mean to us.
Children will need to assist staff in feeding chickens and collecting their eggs.
They will also participate in the centre vegie garden to prepare the plot, sow seeds, water, fertilise produce, weed and harvest the crop.
Staff will assist and guide children through this process.
Produce will be used in the kitchen for the centre’s provided meals.
Free Range Kids is taking enrolments now for 2014. Information is available by calling the centres – Laidley 1 5465 1342, Laidley 2 5465 2007 or Gatton 5460 1080.
OUT AND ABOUT: Kaylah Boonstoppel and Dylan Donovan enjoy the facilities at Free Range Kids.