“I’ve found a cockatoo, now I’m looking for a seed pod!”, declares an enthusiastic Bush Kinder child as he purposefully clambers over fallen trees. Mansfield’s own forest-school inspired kindergarten, Bush Kinder, offered by The Farmhouse, is at the forefront of the Australian nature-based movement in early...

With the sun setting over the Tolmie hills, Bush Kinder children’s excitement was peaking as they set up swags and erected tents, for tonight was the Annual Bush Kinder Sleepover. Although Mums weren’t excluded from the event, Dads were certainly the parent of choice as the...

A child’s physical needs are reasonably easy to identify but their emotional and mental needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially, build self-esteem and gain a positive outlook on life. With this positivity comes motivation, but how...

A child’s first experiences and interactions will shape their early knowledge of themselves and the world around them. “When little ones feel comforted, safe and loved, they will build self-confidence. Creating stimulating and interesting learning opportunities lets little ones develop a love of learning. When you...

A child’s first experiences and interactions will shape their early knowledge of themselves and the world around them. “When little ones feel comforted, safe and loved, they will build self-confidence. Creating stimulating and interesting learning opportunities lets little ones develop a love of learning. When you...

Kinder children at The Farmhouse are well prepared for school through their innovative kindergarten program that is well connected to our local community. Amongst other things, building children’s resilience is fundamental to a child’s learning journey. Last week the Bush Kinder children were incredibly resilient as...

Responding to children’s interests is a fundamental part of learning in early childhood education. So when the Candlebark group were offered the opportunity to see real farm tractors, tools and machinery for themselves— they jumped at it! And that’s how they ended up at Mansfield...

Today was the SES WOW Day! (Wear Orange Wednesday) We put out an invitation to the SES a couple of weeks ago for them to join us for a Morning Tea today in their honour. We were THRILLED when so many SES Super Heroes joined us...

[caption id="attachment_534" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Left to right: Jaz Smith, Chloe Smith, Vada Seccull, Charlotte Leary Wilkinson, Erica Morgan[/caption] These supporters showed their true colours on footy colours day at The Farmhouse celebrating the AFL Grand Final!...

[caption id="attachment_529" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Angus Adams[/caption] Covid regulations require flexibility and thinking outside the box, so when The Farmhouse’s Bush Kinder program needed their big bush trip to be within a 5km radius of their home site, the Mansfield district delivered! Normally these adventurers would be...