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Nature Tots Playgroup

For you and your little ones to play outdoors, rain or shine, connect with mother nature and other families, nourish your bodies and minds and give yourselves the opportunity to rewild. 

 

​           Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am

Term 2- Starts Thursday 2nd May and runs for 10 weeks. 

Term 3- starts on 25th July and runs for 8 weeks.

Location; Morton Road, Aongatete

(exact address provided once booked).

   Focused on children aged18 months to 5 years with their parent/carer (younger siblings welcome but please bare in mind some activities may not be suitable for them).

      

Prices

$15* per family per session (this includes one adult and up to 3 children. If another adult would like to come along some weeks, we just ask for a gold coin donation).

 

Click on the events below to see other pricing options, including our LOYALTY price for families who come regularly.

- Subscribe to find out about any other upcoming discounts

Some discounted places will be available for families with community services cards- please enquire.

Home daycare providers please get in touch, we would love to have you join us.

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To find out what to expect from a session keep reading or to book, click on the event link below. 

*Please note some of the photos on this page are from sessions we ran in our UK woodland so the site will look different.

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Upcoming Events

  • Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 2 (Autumn)
    Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 2 (Autumn)
    Thu, 02 May
    Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 2 (Autumn)
    02 May 2024, 9:30 am – 04 Jul 2024, 11:30 am
    Aongatete, 158 Morton Road, Aongatete 3181, New Zealand
    A chance for you and your little one/s ( birth to 4yrs) to be immersed in and connect with nature and come away feeling nourished. A playgroup with a focus on free play, building resilience, confidence and creativity and a space for parent/carers to connect with other like minded families.
  • Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 3 (Winter)
    Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 3 (Winter)
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Nature Tots Playgroup- Term 3 (Winter)
    25 Jul 2024, 9:30 am – 12 Sept 2024, 11:30 am
    Aongatete, 158 Morton Road, Aongatete 3181, New Zealand
    A chance for you and your little one/s ( 18 months to 5yrs) to be immersed in and connect with nature and come away feeling nourished. A playgroup with a focus on free play, building resilience, confidence and creativity and a space for parent/carers to connect with other like minded families.

The rhythm of a typical session;

  • Arrive and settle into some free play/exploring while we wait for the group to arrive

  • Wash hands, gather at Base Camp for shared morning tea and some chatter/story time. Range of teas and coffee and a small sweet treat provided for adults.

  • Free play/exploration/connecting/relaxing in our wild garden for the majority of the session and the option of a craft/activity at base camp for those wanting to

  • Gather at Base Camp for singing to close the session

We will email more information on what to bring but we invite parent/carers to bring a piece of cut up fruit or *other healthy snack for a shared morning tea platter, some additional snacks and warm drinks will be provided. *You will be notified of any allergies after the first session.

The sessions provide an opportunity for you and your little one/s to be immersed in and connect with nature. With lots of opportunities for sensory play, imaginative play, physical exploration and quiet spots to just 'be.' In line with the Forest School ethos, we encourage families to attend regularly and over a long period to see the biggest impact on your child's holistic development. We run the sessions in blocks to help families build relationships, everyone to gain confidence in the site and with the rhythms of the session, to get to know the children so we can tailor sessions to their needs/interests and to help develop particular skills over time. It is also important for the children to experience being in nature throughout the different seasons and in all kinds of weather. Often we as adults can be put off going outside in some weathers, but parents/carers often comment on the fact that they are so glad they got out in it and feel much better for it, feeling a bit 'weathered' makes us feel alive.. plus that warm cup of tea after is so much better! 

The space for these sessions is wild and wonderful; uneven ground, trip hazards galore, lots of things to climb, plenty of natural resources and a few added goodies. This all helps children to develop their physical skills, foster awareness, manage risk and problem solve. If this is all new to you- don't worry, we can help give you ideas and skills for being outdoors with your family. 

 

The sessions are designed for you as much as your children. A space to connect with others, feel supported, be in a calm natural environment and maybe even find your inner child to re wild! We hope that we create the feel of a parenting village, a home away from home. Although babies wont be able to access all of the areas, there are still many benefits for them being in the space- the sensory experience for babies of little things like the flicker of light between the leaves is quite something and there will be lots of benefits for their caregiver. Please bare in mind that there are more hazards for younger children; the floor is quite uneven so brings more challenge for wobbly walkers and there will be natural materials around that could post choking risk so younger children will need extra supervision. 

In addition to the wild site and natural resources, there will be some activity provocations that your child can explore in their own way. We like to involve books, sand, water, music and small world play in our sessions, as well as opportunities for craft/creative exploration.

The sessions are run by a UK qualified primary school teacher (with an Early Years Specialism), Forest School Leader and Kids Yoga teaching qualification. 

We hope to see you soon!

Water Play with natural treasures
00:23
Helping Prepare Kindling
00:11
Mud Glorious Mud
00:05
Sensory Play
00:24
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