Live online events

3 hours, 09:30 AM AEDT - 12:30 PM AEDT


  • PD hours: 3
  • $290.00 excl. GST


Bush Kinder - Starting an Outdoor Learning Program SRF Wellbeing Student Wellbeing

You may ask “How on earth can you run a Bush Kinder Outdoor Learning program without being outdoors?” Well, through a combination of presentation slides, video, expert panel discussions, virtual walk throughs and audience Q&A we will take you on your Bush Kinder journey from the comfort of your living room, garden or even your work environment. As with the Face to Face event, our online event is also a SCHOOL READINESS FUNDING APPROVED PD.

There are three priority areas for School Readiness Funding in 2022, Communication (language development), Wellbeing (social and emotional), and Access & Inclusions. Bush Kinder - Starting an Outdoor Learning Program fits into the Wellbeing (social & emotional) & the Access and Inclusion areas.

This dynamic webinar by our Walker Learning Consultants examines the importance of Bush Kinder and what you need to know to get started, including pedagogical theory, establishing routines, risk benefit assessments and resourcing Bush Kinder experiences to enhance children’s well-being.

Our online panel of Walker Learning and Bush Kinder experts will bring expertise and relevance to the discussion on the critical role of the natural environment in the lives of young children.

We will use videos and virtual tours to show children and educators in a natural outdoor learning environment.

We encourage interaction throughout the day and we have a comment board where we will invite you to share your thoughts and post questions for our experts. 

This PD is a must for teachers and educators working with children aged birth to five, working in early childhood centres (prior to primary school)

Australian Professional Teaching Standards: APTS – 4.1, 6.2 National Quality Standard: QA - 1, 2, 3, 6

SRF - VEYLDF Alignment

Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Strength of Evidence: Level 4 (emerging research evidence)

Priority Area: Wellbeing (social and emotional) & Access and Inclusion

Research shows that playing in nature benefits children’s wellbeing, social and emotional development, cognitive language and physical skill development.

Participants in this training session observe a bush kinder session. They then ‘unpack’ the research and practicalities of implementing bush kinder with an experienced early childhood consultant and bush kinder educators. Participants are equipped to explain and share the benefits of nature play with parents/carers and the community, and to make practical suggestions for effective implementation. Provider can customise sessions and provides follow-up support for initiating and developing programs