Our setting, in a heritage listed school house, built in 1867, has been architecturally restored and is warm and welcoming, providing a nurturing, natural, inspiring and responsive learning environment. The building is surrounded by extensive natural grounds providing children with ample space to explore, discover, investigate and wonder.
With one of the biggest natural outdoor footprints in the inner city area, our facilities allow us the freedom to educate children both indoors and outdoors. We can take our language, yoga, or science lesson outside offering children the opportunity to interact with the elements around us and to gain an understanding of the world we live in.
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At BSEE we recognise the importance of outdoor play for young children’s healthy growth and are aware of our role as professionals in creating quality outdoor play opportunities. Our easily accessible outdoor environment invites children to explore, make choices and empower them to make decisions about their learning.
Children are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are countless benefits of outdoor play. It allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, social and emotional well-being, offering the necessary conditions for children to thrive and learn. Outdoor play provides children with the opportunity to decide what to do, with whom and how, promoting positive self-esteem, autonomy, and confidence.
The outcome from this stimulating play is that children become teachers and learners, sharing their knowledge and skills to accomplish different tasks or challenges. In this process of cooperation, it is possible to develop empathy, as children begin to understand other's people feelings and needs. The extra space we offer by being outdoors will give your child the sense of freedom to make discoveries by themselves, encouraging creative thinking through imagination.
With the value we place on play, we encourage every child to explore, identify, negotiate and take risks. The sense of freedom playing outdoors brings is fantastic for a child’s development, both physically and mentally.
Nature as an Educator
The outdoors can be described as an open and constantly changing environment, where it is possible for children to experience freedom, move their bodies, and be in contact with natural elements. Being outdoors helps your Child connect with natural elements furthering their personal experiences and knowledge.
Natural elements are open-ended materials that can respond to your Child’s imagination and needs. The sense of discovery and fascination influences meaningful learning and allows for the development of an emotional connection towards the environment. The outdoor environment offers unique stimulus that captures children’s attention and interest. Sticks, rocks, flowers, soil, water, etc., are explored with curiosity and the drive to learn as they offer countless possibilities for play.
We aim to develop positive life-long attitudes and values towards social responsibility and respect for the environment. We understand the importance of long-sustained periods of outdoor play exposing our children to the living world and role-modelling sustainability. BSEE strives to empower children to appreciate and protect nature, to help nurture the environment and develop sustainable practices as global citizens. Your Child will recycle, garden, engage in conservation practices and learn about their local community.
We encourage our children to develop connections with the natural world through our educational program and with excursions into the natural environment. At BSEE we consider research and best practice to guide the implementation of environmental education and we also acknowledge its connectedness to the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. We encourage you to share with us what your family does to connect with and respect our natural environment.