Erica Preschool is a remote rural Preschool
located at the “Gateway to the Mountain Rivers Region”.
Erica Preschool has the luxury of having an
enormous ‘park-like’ playground for our backyard, set on a gentle sloping
hillside which gives us views of the farms, bushland and homes surrounding us.
We have a strong focus on connecting with nature at our Preschool and are very excited to be offering a weekly "Bush Kinder" program.
Our vision for the Preschool is:
A Natural Environment for the Children to
It’s common to see
children climbing trees, running barefoot, digging in the dirt and watering our
wonderful veggie patch.
Confident, Capable, Caring
Children are given access to a wide range of
materials and encouraged to make choices and decisions that express their own
individuality whilst learning new skills.
Educators ensure children adhere to our
guidelines of being safe and being kind at all times. The reasons for these
guidelines are discussed with the children throughout the program.
Educators work with families to create a program
that challenges each child as well as exploring their individual
Educators value and seek input from the wider
community – parents, local families and local services to enhance our Preschool
This includes visits from: the local school children and teachers, our parents, the local police, CFA, DELWP staff (who join us at Bush Kinder), Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter staff, Red Cross, Shire Environmental staff and more. We get out into our community most weeks, taking herbs and flowers to sell at 1914, our local cafe. We visit the playground and mobile library truck and enjoy a great relationship with all the Erica businesses.
Bush Kinder Program
The Preschool runs a weekly Bush Kinder Program which allows the children to spend time outdoors learning about plants, animals and life in the Australian Bush.
See here for an article about Erica Preschool's Bush Kinder Program.