THE BUSH BUS
A Kidding Around Australia Initiative
Tim, Georgina and the Kidding Around Australia team are excited to announce that we were successful in receiving our “Pick My Project” grant to fund The Bush Bus Nature Playgroup program that will run throughout the Mitchell Shire in Victoria, Australia!
We are humbled by your support and the support of the community, and are happy to announce that have been approached by other businesses who want to partner with us to fund additional sessions in the local area and help us to expand to different locations! Stay tuned for more information!
Information about The Bush Bus
The Bush Bus is a mobile nature playgroup that welcomes everyone with children aged from 0 – 6 years old to play freely in a bush or park setting. Children will participate in activities such as nature inspired arts and crafts, water, mud and puddle play, sensory imaginative play and educational nature walks and talks to uncover the indigenous flora and fauna of their local area.
The Bush Bus playgroups are FREE and will be conducted in a relaxed and informal space where parents, carers, babies and children can come together in a friendly and inclusive environment.
At The Bush Bus, children can:
• Engage in new experiences
• Interact with other children and adults
• Practice sharing
• Make new friends
• Strengthen healthier relationship with parents /carers
• Learn and develop social and creative skills through play
The Bush Bus is not only a fun and engaging place for children! Parents and carers can benefit in a number of ways:
• Meet other parents and develop new friendships
• Share ideas, information, concerns and experiences
• Play with children in a fun, safe and friendly environment
• Learn and develop skills with their children through play
• Discover new ideas for extra fun at home
• Find out more about services and support within the local community (in conjunction with local council and maternal health centres)
What happens at The Bush Bus Playgroup Program?
The facilitators will meet and greet participants, sign them in and direct them to the nature play activities. The children are free to choose what they want to do and parents or carers are encouraged to follow their lead. There is lots of space for free play as well as planned activities and a bush walk to explore the area. It is very spontaneous and no two sessions will be the same however all children can climb, dig, explore, build, engage their senses, discover and play!
Locations and Times
The Bush Bus hours of operation will be on weekdays in the areas surrounding Beveridge, Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford and Seymour. More information will be provided in the coming months.
There is no charge for attending the Bush Bus; however, families are asked to bring a piece of fruit to share at morning tea (one only per family).
Grant information can be found here: https://pickmyproject.vic.gov.au/rounds/pick-my-project/ideas/the-bush-bus-a-mobile-nature-inspired-playgroup
Support for The Bush Bus:
To see the amazing support we have for our project, please click on the links below: