Central Coast Children are spending less and less time in nature – their lives filled with so many other distractions, often technological. Many children lack the time and freedom to play in un-structured and uninterrupted ways in the natural world. These children are missing out on the benefits of playing in nature, including a sense of wonder, imagination, confidence, problem solving and practical skills, enhanced eyesight and gross motor skills.
Ten years ago Richard Louv coined the term nature deficit disorder in his 2005 book ‘Last Child in the Woods’ raising concern that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioural problems.
Kariong Eco Garden is well placed to help with this problem. We have support from Gosford Council to develop a Nature Playground, in the remnant bushland around the existing playground, tennis court and eco garden fence.
Kariong Eco Garden has trained primary school teachers, with Early Years Bush Connections and first aid qualifications (employed by the Community Environment Network) who can offer a range of nature play opportunities to regular playgroups (3-5year olds with their parents/carers) and a range of groups – including early childhood, family day care groups, OOSH/Vacation Care and school groups.
Ideally children will have multiple visits to a favourite place in nature so that they can see seasonal and other changes, feel connected and familiar. Kariong Eco Garden is keen to be one of your child's favourite places.