Preschoolers across regional and metropolitan South Australia are being given the chance to learn and play in world class nature-based outdoor learning environments, with applications for funding to upgrade an outdoor learning area now open to state preschools.
Ten government preschools across the state will be selected as part of this round of funding for the Preschool Outdoor Learning Project, with five selected to participate in 2016-17 and a further five selected to participate in 2017-18.
In total, funding will be made available to 20 South Australian preschools between 2014 and 2018.
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)'s Director of Early Childhood Services, Helen Doyle, is delighted with the upgrades that have occurred at the first five sites in 2014-15.
“Nature based outdoor learning areas are important to improving the physical, educational and mental wellbeing of children and can assist in instilling healthy behaviours in children from an early age which can be maintained over a lifetime,” she said.
“Preschools selected to participate in the Preschool Outdoor Learning Project will be concept leaders and support other preschool educators to actively engage children, families and the local community in connecting with nature”.
Staff, children, their families and the local community will play an important part in the design and creation of the upgraded sites.
All DECD operated country, metropolitan, stand-alone and school-based preschools are eligible to apply.
Expressions of Interest close at 5pm, 31 July 2015.