Welcome to Bush Kinder

Bush Kinder is The Farmhouse’s nature-based Kindergarten program, where children are provided daily opportunities to connect with nature and the outside world during their year before school.

Bush Kinder children are delivered all of obligatory aspects of a kindergarten program, but in an exciting environment which fosters inquisitiveness and exploration, joy and enthusiasm.

These children also relish regular, valuable bush experiences through which a sense of belonging and connection to the land and seasons is fostered.

How we are different

Actively utilising the outdoors as a classroom, along with regular visits to the Howqua Hills historic area, builds children’s confidence, character, trust and resilience, as they develop their understandings of the interdependence between land, people, plants and animals.

Bush Kinder provides children with an overwhelming opportunity to develop to their full potential in an environment in which they feel safe, secure and supported.
The freedom to explore responsibilities and rights, and to gain an understanding of how their actions and responses affect others, empowering children to make choices and appreciate the value of fairness.

In caring for The Farmhouse animals, children develop compassion, responsibility, curiosity, empathy, self-esteem and of course….pure joy.

Group programming 2021

There are two Bush Kinder groups to choose from in 2021, each offering 15 hours of four-year-old kinder education, as per government regulations.

An exciting development this year is our ability to offer cross-socialisation for the groups. This means that both groups will be present on the same day, one day per week, allowing children to develop meaningful friendships in both groups. This is beneficial for when transitioning to school.

Feel free to choose the group that works best for your child and your family.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Candlebark Group
9.15am-3.15pm
Snowgum Group
9.15am-12.15pm
Candlebark Group AND Snowgum Group
9.15am-3.15pm
Candlebark Group
9.15am-12.15pm
Snowgum Group
9.15am-3.15pm

Additional care options

Life’s busy, for all different reasons. To help the running of your week, The Farmhouse offers before and after kinder care to Bush Kinder children. Your child can attend The Farmhouse before kinder, and is then walked across to the Kindergarten building ready commence their kinder session. At the end of the kinder session, your child is walked back by our staff to The Farmhouse for a seamless day. Many children do one or both of the above and enjoy the security this offers.

Enrolments are OPEN!

To avoid disappointment, please let us know as soon as possible that you would like to join us. Feel free to come and see Bush Kinder for yourself!

3494 Maroondah Highway, Mansfield.

Just 2 minutes from the centre of town!