A childhood that involves climbing trees, rolling down hills, playing with sticks, splashing in puddles, forming friendships, running and feeling the elements.

 

Education for a healthy mind, body and spirit 

Our curriculum is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. It is designed to provide the very best early learning experiences for children, to become active, resilient and connected to themselves, others and the environment.

Learning at Play and Learn Nature Kindergarten

Play is more than mere indulgence; it is essential to children’s health and well-being.”
Lester and Russell (2010)

Social Competences

 

Children develop strong friendships and social skills in a mixed age group. They have role models and are role models. 

Children learn to negotiate, discuss and express opinions, support and respect each other.

Emotional Intelligence

 

Children are motivated as they learn leadership, empathy, self- awareness and self-regulation through play.

These are important skills which be applied in all areas of life and prepare children for living in the 21st century.

Creativity​ & Curiosity

 

Children actively seek solutions, investigate and explore options and they implement ideas.

They create with a vast variety of materials. Creativity evolves where play is not pre-defined.

Literacy & Numeracy

 

Children encounter maps, pictograms, signs, letters and numbers every day.

They have access to paper, paint, crayons and writing materials. We read books daily and facilitate writing when children show interest.

Belonging & Confidence

 

Children are a valuable part of their community. They develop a sense of self which is crucial in the early years and important for life.

 

They take responsibility for "their" place and the environment which enables children to become confident learners.

Challenge & Risk

Appropriate risk in the outdoors can minimise accidents. Children learn to look after themselves and set their own limits.  

 

They find strategies to keep themselves safe, to manage risk and to use their initiative to solve problems.

Founded by Jan Beatson in 1994 Play and Learn provides opportunities for children to reach their full potential through high quality early education. We are operating Centers in Auckland and Dunedin.

As New Zealands first and original Nature Kindergarten we have continuously developed outdoor programmes where children experience the wider world and connect to nature over the last 20 years.

Contact us!
​0508 OUTDOORS (68836677)

nature@playandlearn.net.nz

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