Mt Martha Preschool’s Out and About program complements its on-site program. It allows the children to become more confident in new and changing environments and connects them with their wider community.
The program takes the children into the neighbouring Balcombe Estuary Reserves, Mt Martha shops and to Ferrero Reserve on a regular basis.
It provides another opportunity for educators to extend the children’s learning, development and interests within a variety of learning environments. It allows for open-ended opportunities to explore, to interact with their peers and educators, to participate in risk-taking experiences, and to discover and connect with nature.
The Out and About program also promotes the children’s sense of belonging, which is supported by making connections with their family, culture, neighbourhood and the wider community:
Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they become.
page 7, The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
Mount Martha Preschool’s outdoor play sessions operate in all weather conditions, allowing children to experience nature in all seasons.
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