Story: Zippy’s Kindy Programme
Presenter: Matt Hale
Air Date: 23rd April 2023
Matt talks with the instructors of Zippy’s Bush Kindy, an early learning education program in Kings Park, to see how they help inspire kids curiosity and awaken their connection to nature.
- Zippy’s Bush Kindy is an environmental education program for Kindergarten-aged children. This interactive and engaging program aims to develop children’s empathy and curiosity about the environment and its conservation.
- It is a fun program held in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, designed to give young children a local ‘bush’ experience and introduce them to the native plants and wildlife in their own backyards and learn about Aboriginal culture and seasons.
- Zippy is designed over four eight-week terms, each featuring new programs and activities to continue to build children’s skills and knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.
- Adventure and imagination are encouraged through free play with features including two large aerial walkways, a waterhole, cubby building area and a web of climbing ropes amidst bushland challenges
- Celebrating ten years in 2022, when it first opened it broke through the prevailing mindset of the time that nature-play presented too many risks. Far from being a place of concern, parents and children embraced the opportunity to ‘get back to bush’.
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