Where is it?
14 Prior Street, Tarragindi
Early Childhood Bush and Beach Kindy and Nature Programs
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Prior Street Child Care and Development is a long day child care and education centre located in the residential suburb of Tarragindi, on Meanjin’s southside. The centre is adjacent to Toohey Forest – a large parcel of land / playground which includes a variety of interesting natural spaces and bushland.
Since the inception of their Bush Kindy program in 2017 the educators have observed the children develop their sense of self confidence, resilience, problem solving, creativity, autonomy, initiative, and deepen their own relationships with the teachers, peers and the natural world around them.
The educators are passionate about connecting children with both the local community and the natural environment, and teaching the children to respect the Traditional Land Owners of where we learn and play. By being out in the environment; touching, experiencing, breathing in – our connection to land has grown, and the children have become passionate advocates and caretakers of the land that we share with our community.
In 2019 the Bush Kindy program at Prior Street Child Care and Development expanded to include all age groups, from the babies to the kindergarten class. The Bush Program in each class is developed specifically to meet the needs and interests of that age group.
Prior Street Child Care and Development was a finalist in the 2019 Outdoor Queensland Awards – Nature Play Qld Nature Play Education Award; the 2020 Meanjin City Council WasteSMART Kindy Awards; 2021 Outdoor Queensland Awards – The Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award
The Bush Kindy program has become and pivotal and meaningful part of the program at Prior Street, for the educators, the children, and their families, and continues to grow and develop with each year.