Bush School

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.

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. We find children thrive in our approach of unschooling outdoor pedagogy, which we adopted using concepts used in Nordic Countries who have very successful education systems in place. We have an emphasis on unstructured play in nature, fostering childrens learning intrests, creating term long projects revolving around STEM, literacy, numeracy, Geography, History, without ever focusing on curriculum outcomes. We play and learn in nature as guided by your child.

 

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 bushmagicadventures@gmail.com and we are happy to discuss with you how we can best serve you and your childs desired outcomes xx

 

Where and When?

Our Bush “School” Program is for 5-13yr olds at
Tuesdays – Dapto (Don’s Farm at back of Avondale Rd – with the most lush estate and trees and mullet creek running straight through it)
Wed & Fri – Mt Keira (Girl Guides Camp, right at the end of camp in the open campgrounds and parklands with Byrong Creek running through it)

 

Can i stay with my child?

The Program is generally a drop off and runs from 9-3pm. If you wish to stay with your child, you are more than welcome!

 

Cost and Ratios

The term program is discounted at $95/day 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 5-13yr programs and 4:1 for NDIS bookings.

 

NDIS

Roughly 20% of our clients have NDIS support. We find that our programs are excellent for neurodivergent children and our staff are well trained and equipped for working with your child outdoors

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 bushmagicadventures@gmail.com

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.

 

Sibling discount

First child is full price. Each additional child is $850 (inc gst)