Fresh meth­ods of ed­u­ca­tion

Gatton Star - - Early Education & Education Matters -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OUT AND ABOUT: Kay­lah Boon­stop­pel and Dy­lan Dono­van en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties at Free Range Kids.

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