Education providers

Our Education Providers have been assessed to ensure that regular, authentic and engaging outdoor learning and nature play opportunities are valued and embedded into their practice - and are endorsed by Nature Play QLD.

Recognised leaders in nature play education

Identified Early Childhood services, Primary Schools, and OSHC as recognised leaders in nature play education and outdoor learning by Nature Play QLD.

The Nature Play QLD Education Provider portal is a hub for parents and carers to identify schools and service leaders in nature play education and outdoor learning.

All educational services have been assessed and endorsed by Nature Play QLD to ensure that regular, authentic and engaging outdoor learning and nature play opportunities are valued and embedded into their practice.

Why is regular nature play and outdoor learning important for my child?

There is extensive research to demonstrate that engaging in regular nature play and learning outside of the classroom significantly improves children’s academic, physical, social and emotional development.

Some of the many recorded benefits include:

  • Enhanced personal and social communication skills
  • Increased physical health, supporting the development of healthy, active lifestyles
  • Improved academic achievement
  • Providing a bridge to higher order learning
  • Developed skills and independence in a widening range of environments
  • Make learning more engaging and relevant to young people
  • Develop active citizens and stewards of the environment
  • Nurture creativity
  • Provide opportunities for informal learning through play
  • Reduce behavioural problems and improve attendance
  • Stimulate, inspire and improve motivation
  • Develop resilience and the ability to deal with uncertainty
  • Provide challenge and the opportunity to take acceptable levels of risk
  • Enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness

Categories representing outdoor learning and nature play ethos and practices

Following a thorough evaluation of evidence, schools and services will be recognised within the following categories in order to be listed as a Nature Play QLD Education Provider:

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Early childhood services

Nature Play Spaces

  • We understand the value of nature play
  • We have embedded outdoor play and learning opportunities within our ethos, philosophy and practice
  • We provide all children with the opportunity to engage with natural loose part resources
  • We nature play outdoors daily

Bush & Beach Kindy and Nature Programs

  • We have embedded regular nature play and outdoor learning experiences into the everyday running of our service
  • We run specialised sessions on or off-site natural environments, incorporating forest school, bush kinder ethos
  • We engage actively with parents and the wider community in order to support the nature play message
  • We are proud to be leading the nature play way for Early Childhood here in Queensland

Primary schools

Nature Play Spaces

  • We understand the value of nature play
  • We have embedded outdoor play and learning opportunities within our ethos, philosophy, and practice
  • We provide all children with the opportunity to engage with natural loose part resources
  • We nature play outdoors daily

Outdoor Learning

  • Regular, active, outdoor learning is embedded into our curriculum and practice
  • Outdoor teaching and learning takes place frequently across all age phases and subject areas, providing our students with a greater understanding of academic concepts
  • We ensure our students have daily access to quality natural areas to support their overall wellbeing and development

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)

Nature Play Spaces

  • We understand the value of nature play
  • We have embedded outdoor play and learning opportunities within our ethos, philosophy, and practice
  • We provide all children with the opportunity to engage with natural loose part resources
  • We nature play outdoors daily