Little Wildlings Playgroup

0-6 YEARS
Inspire a love of nature in your child with our weekly nomadic playgroup set in some of the Sunshine Coast's most magical wild spaces.

 

FOREST KINDY

0-6 YEARS
A Forest Kindy based on the banks of Petrie Creek where families come together to play, explore, take risks and immerse themselves in nature.

Summer Holiday Programs

Are you looking for something a little different for your child these holidays? Don't want your child stuck indoors or in front of a screen? Want your child to get some Vitamin N at our beautiful, shady and cool creek? Then come and join us in the wild these holidays!

We run programs every Wednesday and Thursday (except between Christmas and New Years) and just some of our workshops include:

  • Small Worlds
  • Boats and Rafts
  • Harry Potter Day
  • Sculptures in the Forest

EXCURSIONS

Did you know we offer excursions for early childhood centres, primary schools, secondary schools and vacation care providers at both our Petrie Creek Forest School site and Pt Cartwright Beach School site?

Let us do all the dirty work (literally!) and teach your children how to:

  • Light fires with flints and cook on the fire
  • Whittle with pen knives
  • Use bow-saws to build cubbies and shelters
  • Use hand tools to make projects out of natural resources.
  • Teach students about local flora and fauna, sustainability and local indigenous history.

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Professional Development

  • Implement a Forest School Program in your Setting
  • Fire
  • Hand Tools
  • Shelters, Knots and Lashings
  • Build your own program

Let Us Come to You!

We can bring Forest Schooling to your School or Service! Whether you are a Kindy, Primary School, High School, OSHC or other service we can bring our tools, natural resources and expertise and build a program to suit you. Our sessions are limited only by your imagination. Just some of the sessions we can run include:

  • Fire (lighting, managing, extinguishing)
  • Hand Tools (safe use, projects to suit your curriculum)
  • Sustainability
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Geology
  • Water (management, testing, projects to suit your curriculum)
  • Research Based Projects

Volunteer

Come and play with the next generation of environmental warriors! We are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand with the day-to-day running of our programs. Why not join up today?

Weekend Workshops

Have you been trying to get to a Wildlings Forest School program but have had other commitments during the week? Come along with your family or drop your child off to one of our awesome weekend workshops! Just some of the workshops we run include:

  • Ropes (hammocks, swings, ladders, knots and lashings)
  • Boats (make your own boats and rafts and float them in the creek)
  • Come and Play
  • Cubbies and Treehouses and much more

Holiday Programs

Send your kids to the Wild Sides! Get your kids outdoors and away from the screens these holidays! Programs include:

  • Essential Oil Gift Making
  • Wooden Christmas Gift Making
  • Harry Potter Magic
  • Art in the Forest and much, much more.

What is Forest School?

Forest school is essentially outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of the child (Worroll 2016).

Forest schools help students develop confidence, self-esteem, independence and creativity through experiencing the natural world and by teaching practical, outdoor skills. Students work outside regularly in an outdoor natural space over a long period of time (preferably at least a year).

The ethos has grown in popularity in Australia over the past decade in parallel to growing concerns over “cotton wool kids” overly protected from risks and rarely exposed to nature...

OUR AIM

Wildlings Forest School offers children the opportunity to develop confidence and self esteem through hands on, tangible and fun nature activities that promote team work, friendship, community engagement, sustainability, critical thinking and risk-taking.

Our focus is to develop the whole child and to help build in them a sense of place, belonging and guardianship of our natural spaces. We aim to work with our children, their families and our local community to create memories and skills that will last a lifetime and a sense of environmental stewardship that will ensure that our natural wonders will still be here for the next generation to enjoy.

 

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WHAT TO BRING

No matter the session, whether it be Playgroup or a High School Excursion, we recommend children bring the following:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Closed in shoes (we recommend aqua shoes, gumboots or canvas shoes they're happy to get wet and muddy). No thongs please!
  • Long pants to minimise the risk of ticks, bugs, snake bites and scratches from branches etc.
  • Shirt (long sleeves preferable for reasons above).
  • Insect repellant
  • Swimmers, rashie, towel
  • Spare change (or two) of clothes
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    23 hours ago by wildlings_forestschool Heading into the new School term like We will be focusing on Water in our first 5 week block at Forest Kindy because what else would we do in the middle of Summer in QLD!? Think building rafts, building homes for green tree s, playing with bamboo ‘rivers’ to play with currents and flow, water art, some talk about where our water comes from and how we can protect our local waterways and more than likely some rain, mud and puddle play as we enter our wet season! We start this Wednesday 24th, so book soon! For those of you
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    2 days ago by wildlings_forestschool Our Tuesday Tribe is starting this week at Buderim Forest Park! We are also getting ready to launch our second Tribe meeting on a Friday in wild spaces from Coolum to Noosa. Places are filling so don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature. To book head to https://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/little-wildlings-play-group/  #sunshinecoastplaygroup   #gettingskidsoutside   #natureplay   #littlewildlings 
  • KIDS NOW WELCOME! You asked and we delivered! You can
    2 days ago by wildlings_forestschool KIDS NOW WELCOME! You asked and we delivered! You can now attend our Implement a Forest School Program in your Setting Workshop with your children in tow! They will be cared for by a qualified teacher and Forest School Leader whilst you learn and then in the afternoon we will move down to the creek to our Forest School site where you can practice what you have learnt on the children, supervised by us! Head to www.wildlingsforestschool.com/events/professional-development/ for more info and to book!
  • BIRTHDAY COMPETITION! Its our birthday! Yes thats right we are
    3 days ago by wildlings_forestschool BIRTHDAY COMPETITION! It’s our birthday! Yes that’s right, we are 1 year old, which in the small business world (particularly the sustainable, eco-friendly small business world) is a huge milestone/miracle! It’s been hard but heart-warming work. Lots of late nights and stressful times waiting to see if people will sign-up to our programs every term but lots of ‘YES moments when we see children overcoming fears and protecting wildlife. We’ve made it and we love it. To celebrate, we are giving away the pack of goodies above kindly donated by companies we admire for their products, ethics and good hearts
  • Come and make memories with your children whilst youre still
    3 days ago by wildlings_forestschool Come and make memories with your children whilst you’re still their favourite human in the entire world! Bookings for Little Wildlings Playgroup are open (limited spaces left) and we have just opened North Coast for bookings. Please book ASAP to avoid missing out! www.wildlingsforestschool.com/little-wildlings-playgroup/ :  @laine_tribes 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS

Wildlings Forest School would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and caretakers of the land, the Gubbi Gubbi people and pay our respects to elders past and present.

BOOK now!

Register your child for our Wednesday Forest Kindy program now! We are taking enrolments from ages 0 through to 6 years for Term 1, 2018.