Branxholme, Cavendish, Church Hill, Coleraine, Dunkeld, Mitchell Park and Penshurst


The children have enjoyed their first couple of sessions of Bush Kinder.

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Bush Kinder began in Term 2

The children are very excited and have been learning some of the rules before venturing out into the bush.

Many thanks to the Dunkeld Racing Club who are sponsoring the bus required to get the children to the bush site..

We are very excited that Parks Victoria is supporting our Bush kinder Program. Ranger Matt came to visit us at bush kinder and he will be visiting us on a regular basis this year. We also hope to develop a program for bush kinder about the six seasons of Gariwerd.

We held our very successful open day at Bush kinder with 33 educators visiting, sharing and learning.

We are now setting up a network group for like-minded educators to share their outdoor nature play experiences

To be involved please contact Debbie at [email protected]

Debbie and Kim accepting the award

Dunkeld Kindergarten Bush Kinder has won the prestigious Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award at the 2014 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Dunkeld Kindergarten Bush Kinder won the Award from a strong field of finalists and nominees and was one of nine category winners announced on Friday night 24th October at Etihad Stadium.

Dunkeld Kindergarten Bush Kinder representatives were presented with their Award by Chris Rose, General Manager – Regional Services, Parks Victoria.

350 guests attended the Gala event including Patron of the Awards The Hon Peter Ryan MLA, Deputy Premier of Victoria. Natalie Forrest, Newsreader for PRIME7 hosted the Awards.

The nine 2014 category winners are:

  • Regional Victoria Living Expo Leadership & Innovation Award – New Freedom Bakery of Bendigo
  • Regional Victoria Living Expo Business Achievement Award – The Creekside Hotel of Warracknabeal
  • Federation Training & Federation University Gippsland Regional Achiever Award– Alan Stuart of Mount Taylor
  • Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award – Ritz on Hotham of Traralgon
  • Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award – Community Leadership Loddon Murray
  • Parks Victoria Environmental Sustainability Award – Dunkeld Kindergarten Bush Kinder
  • Medibank Healthy Participation Award – Swell Mamas of Bass Coast
  • South West TAFE & Deakin University South West Regional Achiever Award – Vicki Jellie & Peter’s Project of Warrnambool
  • VACC Regional Safety Award – John Maher of Brown Hill – Carmen’s Road Safety

Winners each received $2,000 from the Bank of Melbourne or an air time package on PRIME7.

DUNKELD KINDERGARTEN BUSH KINDER began in March 2013 and involves taking the children once every fortnight to experience the Grampians National Park. The program gives children the opportunity to enjoy nature and learn from it. The sessions are mostly unstructured and only a camping toilet and toilet tent, first aid kit, wet weather clothing and resource box is taken on the trips. The bush kinder program also teaches the children about biodiversity, protection of the environment and building respect for the land.

Further details about Dunkeld Kindergarten Bush Kinder are available by contacting the Awards Office.

For further information, please contact the Awards office on

03 9720 2277, 0417 813 348, [email protected] or visit www.awardsaustralia.com

Teachers visit Forest Schools in Denmark.