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EarthConnect Services

for Early Childhood Services and Primary Schools

EarthConnect comes to you with everything needed to support children’s connection to the natural world through fun and interactive education for sustainability experiences. Suitable for ALL Greater Sydney Early Childhood services, playgroups, homeschool groups and schools from early stage 1 to stage 3.

Bush Tucker

Sensory Gardens

Propagation-seeds or succulents

ECO art

Scroll down further for COSTS and frequently asked questions

Bush Tucker Experience

Children will:

Learn more about the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the Country your school or service stands on.

Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.

Plant an easy-care bush tucker plant in a biodegradable or upcycled container to treasure at home or keep and nurture at the service/school.

Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.

If possible, children will try some bush tucker too!

Harvesting Midgim berries with preschoolers

Details:

This experience will empower children to become experts in local flora and build wellbeing and confidence.

Children will be encouraged to connect to Country and begin to be active participants in caring for Country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for bush tucker plants.

Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from presenters.

Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of relevant plants (when possible) and botanical names.

Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators).

You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Sensory Garden

Sensory gardens are now recognised as an important way to support children’s development and connection to the natural world, they can be small or large, native or edible or both!

For services and schools who are ready* to plant a sensory garden. Can be modified for Bird attracting/butterfly and insect gardens and native gardens.

Children will:

Learn more about the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the Country your school or service stands on.

Take ownership of a garden or gardens, and become experts in the care of a particular garden type.

Primary school children will conduct soil testing and analysis prior to planting.

Each child or group of children will plant a suitable seedling into the school or service’s ready prepared* garden or containers, gaining hands on practical knowledge in horticulture and botany .

Learn how to care for the garden and how to use plants for food or other benefits.

*All bookings for Sensory Garden require a discussion about the garden or containers, as this experience will provide your service or school with plants and expertise, not any of the landscaping materials or conditions that forms a successful garden or any guarantee of success. As we all want the children to experience horticultural success we need to ensure all elements are optimal. An onsite consultation can be booked with our Horticulturalist prior to implementing this experience for greatest success.

Checking soil with primary students

Details:

Services will benefit from our Horticultural and educational expertise and can request plant types according to program or children’s interests.

Recipes or other useful extension information specific to your garden will be provided in pdf form.

This experience will put you and your service on the path to sensory garden success.

You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Propagation- Seeds

Develop life skills and learn to grow seeds for food and fun, and become experts in seed raising.

IDEAL for schools or services looking to collect seeds from their site or the local area and grow native plants to send home to families or to the community.

Children will:

Be introduced to agriculture and how to grow plants for food from seeds

Learn about some of the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the country of your service.

Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.

Plant seasonal and easy care seed in a biodegradable or up-cycled container to nurture at the service/school.

Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.

More details:

This experience will empower children to be experts in propagation! Children can take this knowledge home and grow seeds with confidence.

Explore seeds in daily life, from food products and cooking with seeds to growing food and ornamental plants. Learn about the seeds that grow (or might grow) on the grounds of the school/service gardens and what role they have in the ecosystem.

Children connect to the country and begin to be active participants in caring for country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for native plants.

Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from presenters.

Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of plants in their garden (when possible) and the botanical names too.

Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators)

NOTE: this experience used seeds from organic growers, avoiding the harmful coatings of fungicides and insecticides found on commercial non-organic seeds suppliers.

You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Propagation- Succulents

Succulents are so much fun! Children of all ages love these funky plants, many of which are super easy to grow and propagate

Children will:

Discover propagation by cuttings, learn the parts of plants and become experts in propagation.

Learn about some of the health benefits of certain types of succulents.

Identify good growing locations for common succulent varieties.

Learn about some of the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the country of your service.

Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.

Choose a succulent and plant in a biodegradable or upcycled container to take home or keep and nurture at the service/school.

Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.

More Details:

This experience will empower children to be experts in propagation!

Explore seeds in daily life, from growing food, harvesting and processing food and ornamental plants. Learn about the seeds that grow (or might grow) in the school/service gardens and what role they have in the ecosystem.

The principals of propagating succulents are transferrable to many other plant types, and succulent success inspires further gardening enthusiasm!

Children connect to the country and begin to be active participants in caring for country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for native plants.

Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from Karen and staff.

Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of plants in their garden (when possible) and the botanical names too.

Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators)

You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

ECO DYE 1

Eucalyptus printing with children (requires 2 bookings)

Over 2 visits children will:

Gain a greater connection to Country and the plants that sustain us and express this connection artistically.

Create an experimental piece of art on felt using leaves and naturally occurring dye materials.

Eco dye introduces children to naturally occurring pigments and chemistry and can support studies in fibre production and sustainability.

Experience a range of sensory materials and processes.

More Details:

This experience allows children to learn about dyeing fabric and offers them the opportunity to express this creatively.

This is slow art, and has it’s own timing and processes. This can only be experienced in 2 sessions presented within a week. Booking are limited.

Visit one (day one):

Children are introduced to the concept of changing the colour of fabric through history and a brief age-appropriate introduction to the environmental impacts mass production of textiles has.

Children share their expertise and are encouraged to brainstorm ways they have the power to make a difference as young consumers.

Develop motor skills and connection to the natural world as children arrange leaves on felt in small groups and prepare this for heat transfer. Prepared art will be taken away to be cooked for an hour, then allowed to cool to be ready for day two.

ECO DYE 2

Eucalyptus printing with children (requires 2 bookings)

Children explore a natural dye pot full of mucky colours and natural smells and open their art work! This is always a memorable moment.

Discussion on natural fibres will be held with the opportunity to handle a variety of commonly used sensory textile fibres. In early childhood this will be presented through story and song rather than extended discussion.

Note: no harmful mordants are used in this experience! All elements are natural and safe to be handled.

A change of clothes may be required for day 2 as children will be working with damp felt.  

What is required of you:

Space in your usual art drying location outside or a rack and pegs for children to hang their work.

Water to rinse felt on day 2

Extend this or optional day 3 visit for sewing! (ages 5 and up) Children love to sew and wool felt is easy to handle and learn with

Benefits of learning to sew include:

-Increased confidence and capable self-identities

-Building resilience and fine motor skills

-maths processes including patterning, spatial awareness, measurement estimation and using informal measurement estimations.

These were sewn by preschoolers!

Email us for more information or support to take this experience to the next level. Popular for gifts! Parents have loved this so that on request I have prepared a DIY PDF for them (and you!).

You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Consultations

Supporting busy educators achieve their sustainability goals

Horticultural discussions are what we live for, so please get in touch if you would like to get some advice on your garden.

We have extensive experience gardening with children and love to design gardens with children, involving them in decisions that affect their world.

QIP (Quality Improvement Plan for early childhood services) area 3 discussions can build on ideas and help achieve goals. (note, we do not currently provide area 3 audits)

We are building more experiences all the time, get in touch if you would like to have a Worm Farm revival experience, bake some bread, or do some felting.

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COSTS

Booking will be charged per number of children, plus materials for 1 educator or teacher to participate and learn free of charge.

For Schools: stages 1 to 3

Experiences run for 1 hour

$10 plus GST per child (minimum 15, maximum 30 per session) and will include a take home or nurture at service or school component.

Up to 3 experiences can be booked per day, and subsequent same day bookings are charged at $9.50 plus GST per child (minimum 15 per experience booking).

Early Childhood services including preschools

Experiences run for 45 minutes

$9 plus GST per child (minimum 15, maximum 25 per session) and will include a take home or nurture at school component.

Up to 3 experiences can be booked per day, and subsequent same day bookings are charged at $8.50 plus GST per child (minimum 15 per experience booking).

Contact us if you would like to discuss a variation on a workshop, such as to design and plant your own bush tucker or bird attracting garden, or propagating a specific plant type.

Facts and frequently asked questions:

What is required of the service/school?

Space! Either inside or outside, we need at least 1 large table to set up on and room for your students to sit and participate. We will need access to this space about half an hour before and will stay long enough to clean up our mess after 😉

Unless specified above or requested, we will bring all materials required other than a table.

We will encourage hands on participation and endeavour to make the workshop engaging and fun, however your staff will be present and responsible for all areas of children’s wellbeing and safety, including ratios. Our staff will not be included in ratios.

Service Area:

We service the Greater Sydney area. We will consider regional visits when possible, please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.

Tailored programs:

Yes, we will happily tailor an experience to suit your needs, and are thrilled when asked to make experiences relevant to children’s learning! Pop us an email to discuss.

Qualifications and experience?

All our staff have current WWCC checks and qualifications or extensive proven experience in teaching, sustainability, art and horticulture.

Safety issues?

Our programs and workshops are considered very safe and valuable activities however you can ask to see our risk assessment for soil handing, ingestion of materials or any other elements with small and unlikely risks.

We are a COVID Safe Business.

Finally, results can vary and artistic explorations are allowed to be experimental! Teachers and educators are encouraged to take part and learn these processes too (provided adequate supervision is maintained) each booking allows materials for one educator free of charge.

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