Doug Fargher

Creator and Founder, Bush Kinder, Australia

Doug Fargher is the creator and founder of Bush Kinder in Australia. The ensuing Bush Kindergarten movement that has blossomed as a consequence sprang from many years of establishing, piloting and working with academics and government bodies to establish a robust and important Bush Kinder program. ‘Bush Kinder Doug’ as he has come to be known is an educational innovator, who is a sought after keynote speaker, writer, and educational consultant. He is a contributing author to The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (3rd Edition), spoken on panels at international Early Childhood Conferences and is a board member of the IANP (International Association of Nature Pedagogy), and on the steering committee of ECOLN (Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Network). Bush Kinder Doug remains a hands on educator with over 25 years of teaching and directing

Childhood Summit 2019 Keynote - Education -

Bush kinder – Growth and Potential

Day 2 & Day 3 Afternoon - Childhood In Practice - Workshop - Education - Early Childhood - Let me tell you a story

Day 2 Afternoon - Keynote

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Bush kinder – Growth and Potential 

Keynote Synopsis

Childhood In Practice

"Let me tell you a story" Workshop

Nature provides the content and materials to build the most wonderful stories. 
Telling stories to children can be a powerful way to engage them in the exploration of complex personal and social issues. 
In this workshop, participants will listen to some beautiful stories and learn simple techniques to create their own meaningful stories. 

Notes – 
Participants may be required to spend some time exploring in nature and sitting on the ground. Appropriate clothing should be worn.



Listen to the story of bush kinder and the growth of the bush kindergarten movement from founder Doug Fargher. 
In Victoria alone there are hundreds of bush kinders and other nature based programs operating, and the number is rapidly growing. This is not surprising. Evidence informs us that children who spend more time outdoors in nature are happier, healthier, stronger, smarter, kinder and more social.

Moreover, bush kinders are not only supporting the children who access them they are also benefitting the community. Governments and agencies have moved to enable the growth of the movement. There remains however; enormous potential for key decision makers to tie in with the bush kinder success and invest in the demand for sustained growth. 

Notes - 
Presentation using powerpoint with video 


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