Gumera Learning Haven recognises the invaluable role that veggie patches play in enhancing children’s learning and play experiences.
Welcome to our state-of-the-art early learning and childcare centre, where nature plays a central role in shaping young minds. Our purpose-built indoor spaces and expansive outdoor learning environment are carefully designed to instil a love of nature in children from a young age. In this nurturing environment, we recognise the invaluable role that veggie patches play in enhancing children’s learning and play experiences.
The Outdoor Classroom: More Than Just Play
Our commitment to fostering a deep connection with nature is evident in our outdoor learning spaces. With sandpits, water play, and veggie gardens, we aim to create an immersive outdoor classroom that goes beyond traditional play. The veggie patches serve as dynamic learning zones where children can engage in hands-on activities, fostering a sense of curiosity and wonder about the natural world.
Nurturing Sustainable Values
At our centre, we take pride in our sustainability program, which includes the cultivation of veggie patches. Through tending to the gardens, children learn valuable lessons about the lifecycle of plants, the importance of water conservation, and the significance of sustainable practices. These experiences instil a sense of responsibility and environmental consciousness that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Digging into Education: The Benefits of Veggie Patches
Hands-On Learning: Veggie patches provide an opportunity for tactile, hands-on learning. Children get to feel the soil, plant seeds, and witness the growth process firsthand, creating a tangible connection to the food they eat.
Science and Nature Exploration: Our veggie gardens become outdoor laboratories where children explore basic scientific concepts. From observing germination to understanding the role of pollinators, these gardens serve as living classrooms.
Nutritional Awareness: Engaging with veggie patches introduces children to the concept of farm-to-table living. They learn about different vegetables, their nutritional benefits, and gain a deeper appreciation for the food prepared by our in-house chef using the seasonal produce.
Teamwork and Social Skills: Working together in the veggie patches encourages teamwork and collaboration. Children learn to share responsibilities, communicate effectively, and appreciate the value of collective effort.
Growing Imaginations with Veggie Patch Play
Our commitment to providing a rich learning environment extends indoors, where open-ended wooden toys and SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards complement the outdoor experiences. The veggie patches become a natural extension of imaginative play, inspiring stories and scenarios that integrate the lessons learned outdoors into creative narratives.
By immersing them in the wonders of nature, fostering sustainability values, and connecting the outdoor experiences with indoor learning, we aim to cultivate not just gardens but young minds flourishing with curiosity, empathy, and a profound appreciation for the world around them.