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Bush Kindy Leader Course

3 day Training

GOLD COAST - Nerang Country Paradise Parklands

13-15 March 2024  - 17-19 July 2024 - 9-11 October 2024   $1450 Per Workshop

The 3 day Bush Kindy Leader Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to set up and lead a Nature Program - Bush/Beach Kindergarten/Forest School in Early Childhood & OSHC services.

The course is based on research and principles from international education models in nature pedagogy and explores practice that is contextualised to the unique Australian bush and coastal landscape. Covers all content within the Forest School Leader model, Level 3 and provides additional extensive content for Australian education and care settings.

The course is delivered by experienced, qualified trainers with extensive knowledge and expertise in Bush Kindy programs across Queensland and beyond. Our facilitators still work in the field and share hands on experience as well as services that we partner with.

The training content is mapped to the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place and will provide educators with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for programs venturing out of their service into the community. It includes resources to support the whole service implementation.

Content covered:

  • Nature pedagogy -understanding the foundations of the educational practice

  • Outdoor learning through child led and inquiry based experiences

  • Exploring 'risky play' and how to support learning safely

  • Setting up a new program through site analysis, policies, Risk Benefit Assessments.

  • Educator Skill sets - Using Real Tools, Fire Experiences, Tree Climbing, Water Play, Ropes, Shelters and how to meet regulations and best practice guidelines.

  • Exploring curriculum possibilities including; Embedding Indigenous perspectives, sustainability and community connections.


This course includes a visit to a Bush Kindy in action at a service that has been delivering excellence in Bush Kindy programs over a long established period with experienced leaders. To allow for this session, we will start the Friday course day at 8.30am. (Wed & Thu 9-4, Fri 8.30-4)

The course is a combination of indoor and outdoor components and for this reason, we ask participants to be prepared with appropriate wet weather gear for practical activities in the course and the Bush Kindy visit.

Morning tea, Lunch, afternoon tea and tea/coffee provided for the 3 day course. 

Printed course materials including a Training Manual and digital resources provided.

Payment can be made via credit card or you can pay by invoice, which will be sent via email upon registering.

Due to high demand of this course, the Cancellation Policy applies with fees for late notice. Please read the full policy here 

If you are booking 3 or more participants from the same single service please contact or 0473 021 887 to attain a discount code before registering.

When you click on next link in Eventbrite - we ask that educators complete the registration form themselves (not Directors) as there are personal health and background questions they need to answer. At the end they can click by credit card or Pay by Invoice and it will be sent to the centre. This is why tickets are limited to one at a time.

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