Learning with and about nature

The natural world provides children with endless opportunities to explore, experience and learn. Engaging with the beauty and wonder of a natural environment offers a range of benefits and can help to relax, inspire, and boost the physical and mental health of young children.

Outcome 2 of the Early Years Learning Framework supports children becoming socially responsible and respectful of their environments. Our educators regularly provide meaningful hands-on learning experiences for children to get involved with nature and become environmentally responsible. Some of these may include.

  • Growing vegetables and herbs
  • Collecting food scrapes for our worm farm and compost
  • Providing children with a range of natural materials in their environment.
  • Exploring the connection between land, people, plants, and animals
  • Teaching about and modelling 7R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, recycle, respect, repair, reflect and refuse.


Studies have shown that there are many benefits of introducing gardening to children. Through garden play, children acquire and improve crucial skills, have fun, and develop self-confidence while enjoying a nature-friendly childhood. Caring for something, nurturing its growth, and developing a positive relationship with nature are some of the most important skills and opportunities practiced in gardening. When educators introduce children to plants and gardens, they foster a respect for environment, helping them learn about natural materials and their own health and wellbeing.

Through gardening children can learn:

  • Science and nature when exploring plants and animals living in garden.
  • Math skills when counting scoops of dirt.
  • They are exposed to reading, writing, and drawing through stories, books, and activities, such as creating a garden journal.
  • Social skills are supported by working with other children and adults.

Worm farms and compost bin

We set up a worm farm and compost bin in our garden. It's not just a fun, hands-on learning experience for children, but also a great way to care for our environment by reducing waste. Children can explore sustainability at different levels in a super interactive way. They can closely observe how worms turn organic kitchen waste into fertilizers.