Why Can Getting Dirty And Lighting Fires Be Good For Australian Children?

Proponents of forest schools argue that outdoor learning improves social interactions and results in fewer gendered play experiences for preschoolers. Forest school, bush kindy, beach school, outdoor immersion, depending on the state you live in, the terminology used may be different, but there is no doubt that the popularity of alternative, all-weather, outdoor programs for preschool-age children is growing nationwide. Based on a Danish concept, the forest school movement is an international phenomenon, with decades-old programs established across Europe and the UK. Australia’s first recognised bush kinder was established in 2011 in Melbourne. What are your thoughts LiveTribers? Why can getting dirty and lighting fires be good for Australian children?

Posted by on 18 Sep 2023

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    It is a good idea for children to be outside, but they definitely should not be encouraging children to light fires. In the past, children went frequently outside with their families e.g. to the beach, to the bush. This didn't have to be run as a school activity, except for school camps. My nieces went to bush kinder as toddlers. They live in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was a program run by an elite private school. My child hasn't gone to bush kinder, as it hasn't been offered out here in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

    Posted by tassiegirl on 20 Sep 2023

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    Why do we need to follow other nations? Can't we think for our selves now? We don't need to set up groups for kids, let the parents decide what's best. I and most other kids just got out into the environment. We didn't need reinforcement for this. Too much interfering in parental matters. Just keep the schools out of kids personal lives.

    Posted by MS on 19 Sep 2023

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    Don't know about lighting fires, making of a potential arsonist there, but getting dirty when young helps build up the immune system. Children should be encouraged to get outside, get dirty, eat worms, and play, not stay inside letting their brains decay by living on their computers and using rubbish such as Tick Toc.

    Posted by ere on 19 Sep 2023

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    Anything that gets them off computers and into nature is better for their health.

    Posted by sulter on 19 Sep 2023

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    I think getting dirty can be good for children but the same can't be said for lighting fires. Given Australia's history with Bush Fires lighting fires should be discouraged.

    Posted by Paula on 18 Sep 2023

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    Pretty basic really......after birth the more environmental and related natural substances a child comes into contact with as early as practicable the better. Yes... there will always be a minority who will not tolerate some substances but the majority will train our humans amazing immune system to recognise and cope with most. Helicopter parenting limits children's experience of life and basic survival skills !!

    Posted by mact on 18 Sep 2023

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