NKNP VISION AND VALUES
Numala Kinder Nature Play offers creative and nurturing opportunities for children and adults to embrace a natural childhood. Our three major values include:
- COUNTRY – celebrating our local and national indigenous communities, our local nature spaces and our responsibilities as stewards of this earth.
- CREATIVITY through unstructured play in nature, arts exploration, traditional handcrafts, and our own unique talents.
- CONNECTION through mindful engagement with our own selves, our thinking and experiences, nature space and our community.
numala chagun ♥ numala jarjum ♥ numala nabei
embrace country ♥ embrace the child ♥ embrace play
At Numala Kinder Nature Play we learn together. Our creative flow becomes the basis for learning, and together we pursue the threads of our own curiosity, learning with and from each other. Through a balance of focused mentoring, yarning, documenting, creative arts exploration and unstructured adventurous play we explore what we know about our world, and our connection to this place on Earth.
- INSERVICE training for educators and playworkers on Ecological Storytelling, Nature Pedagogy (forest school/bush kindy), Creative Play for educators and Mindful Connection for children and adults.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS – host a workshop for your business, attend a workshop at national and state conferences (see schedule for dates)
- ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – hire Geira Jen for regular creative playdates with your group of children to explore creativity, thinking, philosophy, literacy, self expression and curiosity through the arts in play and the playful arts.
Numala Kinder Nature Play acknowledges the Kombumerri and surrounding tribes of the Gold Coast region and celebrates this connection in all areas of the daily program. Yugumbeh language is woven into daily rhythms, an integral part of belonging, being and becoming in this place of learning.
Numala Kinder Nature Play is directed by Geira Jen (Jennifer) McCormack, early childhood teacher, author, storyteller and artist with a passion for respectful education, the creative arts, conservation and well-being. Geira Jen believes that children thrive when their environment values play, honours family and culture, respects development and supports children’s autonomy in learning. Geira is the Yugambeh word for Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Jennifer’s nature play totem: a beautiful local Australian bird who flocks in close family groups, protective and playful with each other.