after school

Do you want to provide some outdoor play for your children after a long day in the classroom? Research shows that children need more time with unstructured outdoor play in our current “inside generation” world.


We offer Term bookings, half term bookings and casual visits for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday after School Program


Tuesday at Dapto (Don’s Farm, end of Avondale Rd)

Wednesday & Thursday at Mt Keira (Mt Keira Girl Guides Camp)


330-530pm (term 1 & 4)
330-515 (term 2 & 3)


The program is operated by qualified teachers, school counsellors and outdoor education trained facilitators.


Our philosophy is on child led unstructured play in nature, where children can immerse themselves in all the beauty and adventure nature has to offer. Our role as facilitators is to create a safe environment for children to flow and work on their connection to nature, their relationship with themselves and others.

We offer a range of programs for children and families under our forest schooling pedagogy including

0-5yr playgroups
3-6yr Nature Play (drop off)
Bush School 5-14yrs
After school programs
Holiday programs
Family camps
Adult nature immersion

This allows them to develop their interests and abilities through practical hands on experiences.

Activities include

Fires, cooking on open fires with flint and steel

Creek play and flora/fauna ID


Nature Craft

Clay and leather work


Shelter building

Use of tools such as axes, saws and knives

Knot tying

Team games

And much more!!

Where and When?

Our after school bush Program is for 5-14yr olds at

Tuesdays – Dapto (Don’s Farm at back of Avondale Rd)

Wed & Fri – Mt Keira (Girl Guides Camp)


Can i stay with my child? 

The Program is generally a drop off and runs from 330-530pm. If you wish to stay with your child, you are more than welcome! 

Cost and Ratios 

The term program is discounted at $36 a session and priority is given to children enrolled in the Term Program.

Other options include a half term option and casual bookings, which are dependent on our Term Booking numbers and Student:Teacher ratio.

Our ratio is 8:1 maximum for our 5-14yr programs and 4:1 for NDIS bookings.

What happens if we are sick?

There are no refunds for sickness

You can however make up another session at another after school program at one of our other venues at any time during term only


NDIS bookings are invoiced privately to your plan manager or to you directly if you are self managed. Please defer payment if you are covered under NDIS and email us the details of the plan to

Our ratio for NDIS children is higher and we have a full inclusion policy to send you to outline all the ways we provide extra support for your child. We therefore invoice you at the NDIS rate ($30/hr -$180/DAY) under Capacity Building Funding to ensure we give higher levels of support for your child. We also have 1:1 support workers who have been trained under therapy supervision and have thorough knowledge of forest schooling AND Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, cerebal paulsy, PDA profile and other disabilites. If your child needs 1:1 support and you have core funding, you can request this seperately via email. 

What is a forest school?

Bush Magic is not a registered school. We offer Outdoor Education programs, facilitated by qualified Teachers using a forest schooling pedagogy. If you wish to discuss your families needs and desires to attend our program during Term time, please get in touch with Simone or Katrina at and we are happy to discuss with you how we can best serve you and your childs desired outcomes xx

Sibling discount

First child is full price. Each additional child is 10% discounted

What about active and creative kids Vouchers?

Yes! We are an active and creative kids registered organisation. Please book in, pay the deposit and then email the voucher number and DOB to us at and I will deduct those vouchers from your final invoice

What do I wear?

Long pants

Good walking shoes

Woollen socks

Breathable long sleeve shirt

Please bring in bag

minimum 2 litres of drinking water

Afternoon tea

Rain jacket

Spare pair of closed shoes

Spare full set of clothes

Spare socks and underwear


Plastic bag