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Title: From forest preschool to Bush Kinder: An inspirational approach to preschool provision in Australia
Contributor(s): Elliott, Sue  (author); Chancellor, Barbara (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Drawing inspiration from European forest preschools, Westgarth Kindergarten instigated a Bush Kinder Pilot Program as an innovative response to the Australian Government's universal access directive to provide 15 hours of preschool per week for all four-year-olds. The preschool children at Westgarth Bush Kinder participated in a playbased child-centred program within their local Darebin Parklands each Wednesday with two kindergarten teachers. In total the children attended 12 hours of preschool per week at Westgarth Kindergarten (home kindergarten) and three hours per week at the Bush Kinder. This study examined how the pilot program addressed the vision of the kindergarten community and the efficacy of the service model as a response to the universal access directive. The positive impacts of the program for children, parents and teachers offer key findings for other kindergarten communities seeking alternative responses to universal access. The Westgarth Bush Kinder Pilot Program exceeded the expectations of all involved; the right people, in the right place, at the right time inspired this unique response.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(4), p. 45-53
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1839-5961
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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