A form of education of children in the garden

Children have a seed inside that needs nourishment to grow. The seed is their own, we simply support it in its development. Children’s Garden seeks to provide children and a form of education of children in the garden with the foundation skills necessary for a well balanced lifetime of exploration.

The Universal Child Program draws insight from contemporary pedagogical theory based on Reggio Emilia concepts of early learning, exploration and approaches to children’s culture and development. Curriculum goals dovetail with international as well as Danish requirements for preschool learning, and meet the standards for direct entry to, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, the British Key Stage One, as well as Scandinavian school systems. A childhood at Children’s Garden ensures family goals for continued education by a personal learning plan, geared to support the individual child through the ages of 2-6. Children’s Garden is home to a professional, knowledgeable staff dedicated to progressive pedagogical approaches in early learning. Our commitment is to provide families with an inspirational and caring environment in which to nurture their young children.

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden by ASPECT Studios was officially opened in October 2017 by NSW Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage, Gabrielle Upton. Located within Centennial Parklands Learning Centre, WILD PLAY is designed as a learning experience for kids of all abilities aged 2-12. This is one of ASPECT Studio’s most densely vegetated landscapes to date, with over 12,700 trees, shrubs, succulents, grasses and ground covers planted, to mature into unique plant communities that define the different play spaces. Australia, most of which are endemic to Sydney. Kids like discovery, challenges, movement and adventure.

Three years in the making, WILD PLAY was created with support from the Ian Potter Foundation, whose Children’s Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, has been a popular drawcard since opening in 2006, attracting 207,000 visitors into the gardens in 2016 alone. Anecdotally, we know that children’s relationship to the outdoors has been steadily slipping since the dawn of the digital age. In 2010 Planet Ark estimated that only 35 percent Australian children play outside every day, compared to 72 percent a generation ago. Through trial and error, children teach themselves how to navigate a pathway, take manageable risks and help others along the way. WILD PLAY is a welcome addition to the early education landscape of Sydney.

WLA is a landscape architecture blog curated by Damian Holmes, a passionate landscape architect who feels that landscape architecture is a unique profession that provides solutions for problems that communities, cities, countries and the world face everyday. Projects published on this blog are the copyright of the person or firm credited. I’ll plant a little seed in the dark, dark ground. Out comes the yellow sun, big and round.

Down comes the cool rain, soft and slow. Up comes the little seed, grow, grow, grow! And now the harvest is on. See the yellow daffodils all in a row.

Toot, toot, toot, toot, off they go. In my garden this grow, grow, grow. Plant our seeds, plant our seeds. Wind does blow, wind does blow. Rain comes down, rain comes down.