Anchorage Early Learning is situated in a unique and natural environment overlooking a large tidal riverbank behind the Centre which flows off the Port Hacking River. River Kindy is an innovative program designed to provide our children with ongoing and spontaneous opportunities to discover, explore and nurture the natural environment that surrounds them.
River Kindy is based on the Scandinavian approach to early childhood education known as Forest School. The Forest School approach has had a large impact on early childhood education right across the world and is continuing to encourage, motivate, engage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences.
Through this program our children are able to spend unhurried time in nature that cannot be done under a roof or within walls and be free to collaborate, explore, communicate and investigate the natural environment surrounding them. Nature is the ultimate open-ended resource. The children have the opportunity to engage in these planned and spontaneous journeys to delve deeper into their individual and group discoveries while fostering connections, appreciation, understanding and respect for Dharawal Country. Our Educators work together to support all children to develop a lifelong sense of wonder through mathematical and scientific exploration. All children actively develop their own dispositions, build resilience, curiosity and knowledge through discovery and a play-based learning approach.
It is the perfect opportunity to embed sustainable practices and educate children about risk and safety. Clear guidelines, boundaries and procedures are in place and embedded into practice to ensure the health and safety of all children is met at all times.
River Kindy provides our Educators with endless opportunities to enrich each child’s learning and perception of the world around them.