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Held on a Friday and a Saturday morning from 9:00am to 11:30am and is suitable for young learners with their parent or guardian/career.

The Bold Park Community School Wilderness Playgroup connects our young members and their families with nature by basing this experience entirely in an outdoor environment. The children engage in imaginative, creative and scientific play through a nature-rich environment.

Our Wildspace

From the beginning, learning out in nature has played a leading role in the Bold Park approach.

Whether it is climbing to the top of a hill, damming a flowing creek, playing in mud or engaging in creative encounters with natural materials – our young members forge a relationship with nature which stays with them forever.

The nature and outdoor setting of the playgroup not only challenges parents to trust their children but also helps them to see and value the lessons which nature offers.

COSTS and APPLYING
Playgroup is run during term time only, therefore fees are dependent on the number of weeks per term.

Costs are as follows (per child):
Term 2 Fees, 2024 - 10 week term - $200
Term 3 Fees, 2024 - 9 week term - $180
Term 4 Fees, 2024 - 8 week term - $160
We will have a limited number of spaces available at each session at a Casual rate of $25 per session, per child. This can be paid by EFTPOS on the day.

To apply for a place in Wilderness Playgroup, please either send us an online enquiry OR return a completed Application Form, a copy of your child's Birth Certificate, and email to ELC@BoldPark.com

Payment can be made with credit card over the phone or by bank deposit on the Application Form. Please leave your surname and PG i.e. BloggsPG as the payment reference.

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Our Teachers

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    SUE PHILLIPS
    Team Leader - Early Childhood

    Team Leader - Early Childhood

    SUE PHILLIPS

    2018

    Sue has been a dedicated member of the Bold Park Community School since 2008, serving on our Early Years team. As a passionate and hardworking educator, she was appointed as the Team Leader for Early Years in 2024.

    Sue’s educational philosophy centers around understanding each student’s unique personality, interests, and abilities. She is committed to catering to their individual needs, ensuring a personalised learning experience. Sue places great importance on the social and emotional wellbeing of every student. Her love for teaching drives her to inspire and instill wonder in all those she educates.

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    GABBI LOVELADY
    Lead Educator

    Lead Educator

    GABBI LOVELADY

    1999

    Gabbi’s connection to Bold Park dates back to 1994 when her son attended Bold Park Kindergarten as a Pre Kindy student.  She was invited to do some relief teaching and to work as a teaching assistant in 1998.  Then in 1999 as the school began its first year as Bold Park Community School, she was given her first Pre Kindy class.  She has taught Pre Kindy at BPCS ever since, and to this day; the complexities and capabilities of the three year old child remain her passion.  Gabbi has also held the leadership role of Early Childhood Team Leader since 2007.

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    DENISE ELIZABETH
    INCLUSIVE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

    INCLUSIVE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

    DENISE ELIZABETH

    2022

    Denise specialises in Creative Movement. She has 20+ years of experience as a creative and performing Arts Teacher in both public and independent schools in Sydney and Perth. Denise is also an experienced Arts Therapist, completing a Masters of Art Therapy in 2018

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    FIONA HOLBEN
    ELC Coordinator

    ELC Coordinator

    FIONA HOLBEN

    Fiona is a dedicated business administrator with over 25′ years experience in administration, bookkeeping and accounting roles.  Holding a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University, Fiona’s experience is varied from working in commercial business, education environments and operating her own bookkeeping business.

    Fiona enjoys working in a dynamic and caring environments.  Her commitment extends beyond the office, as she enjoys golf, travelling, and spending quality time with family.

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    SUMITA LAMA
    OSH Educator

    OSH Educator

    SUMITA LAMA

    2024

    Sumita has joined the ELC team as Diploma qualified Early Years Educator and has taken a position in our ELC as a member of the afternoon “Outside School Hours” staff.

    Sumita is also a fully trained nurse who practiced her craft in Nepal. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Community Service. Sumita is a kind, gentle and very empathetic person who enjoys working with and supporting children. We are very pleased to welcome Sumita to our team.

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    KIAH HAMERSLEY-RULE
    Lead Educator

    Lead Educator

    KIAH HAMERSLEY-RULE

    2009

    Kiah grew up on a Western Australian wheat farm and loves working outdoors. She is passionate about the importance of offering children the opportunity to form a connection with the natural environment, especially in the early years, as a foundation for lifelong wellbeing and resilience.

    Kiah first heard glowing reports of Bold Park Community School from her lecturers at Murdoch University whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in Education. As her own children began their educational journeys at Bold Park she embraced opportunities to participate in the school community, first as a parent, then as an intern and in 2010 as a teacher in the Primary School and Coordinator of the Wilderness Playgroup. A love of working with the youngest children in our school community motivated Kiah to undertake postgraduate studies allowing her to specialise in Early Childhood education.

    Kiah’s teaching practice is enriched by previous careers in the film and television industry and as a yoga teacher. In her teaching, she seeks to inspire the physical, social-emotional and cognitive growth of each child whilst working in close partnership with families to support transition.

    Kiah has a deep respect for place-based learning and the Reggio Approach, integral to the school’s teaching and learning philosophy, and seeks to deepen her understanding through ongoing research.

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    SARAH POLSON-BROWN
    LEAD Educator

    LEAD Educator

    SARAH POLSON-BROWN

    2012

    Sarah graduated with honours in Primary and Early Childhood Education from Murdoch University in 2012. Whilst working as a Co-Educator at Bold Park Community School during her studies, she thrived having found like-minded educators with a passion for innovative teaching and learning. Sarah’s work has been acknowledged with publications for AISWA and awards including The Vice Chancellors Commendation For Academic Excellence at Murdoch University.

    Over the past 10 years she has taught in the early years, from the youngest members of BPCS in Playgroup through to year 2. With two short periods on maternity leave over the past few years, she has also had the opportunity to work in a relief capacity with students throughout middle and upper primary.

    Sarah considers herself to be a motivated and innovative individual who has a commitment to engaging and inspiring students into the 21st century of education. She has developed a holistic approach to education which considers the whole child. She believes that children can only truly excel to achieve their personal best, when surrounded by adults who enable their learning and capacity for trust, competence and independence.

    Current and innovative research in the field of education is constantly evolving, as is her personal and professional knowledge and experience. Sarah welcomes a teaching career that invites her to always ask the question’; “how can I best support my students in their development to be healthy, happy and active contributors in an ever-evolving society?

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    AMY WAINWRIGHT
    Co-Educator

    Co-Educator

    AMY WAINWRIGHT

    2021

    Amy graduated from University in England in 2012 after completing her studies in Children and Playwork and moved over to Australia 6 years ago. Amy will be working alongside Kiah in the Kindy room 3 days a week and on a Friday with Chloe in Pre-primary. Amy is excited to get to know everyone and start to build positive relationships with the team, children and families.

    Before starting at Bold Park Amy worked as a coordinator for before and after-school care, caring for children aged 3-12 years. Over the past 13 years she has worked in a number of services, including schools, daycares as well as being an Au Pair for a family of 5 children, along with completing placements in Adventure Playgrounds, Children’s Hospitals and Social Services during her studies.

    Amy loves being an educator and making a positive contribution to children’s lives through their learning and development and partnerships with families. She enjoys working as part of a team and having fun! Most of all she loves the funny things the children say – they make her smile every day!

"Miss Laura and the Wild Space is something that attracts us to the school"

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PEDAGOGISTA

Nicole Hunter

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of ScienceGraduate Diplomas in Education (Science and Early Childhood)Masters of Education

AT BPCS SINCE: 2004

Nicole fervently believes that quality early life relationships, experiences and education are critical in providing a solid foundation for healthy life patterns and continuous learning. Nicole has both contributed to and experienced the growth of Bold Park Community School as a parent, teacher and board member; first joining the community in 2001, when the school was a one-room primary school! She became part of the Early Childhood teaching team in 2004.
From 2008 until 2015 Nicole was Early Childhood Co-Team Leader with the responsibility of expanding the outdoor learning program and National Quality Standards. In 2016 Nicole was appointed to the role of Pedagogista. This role sees her working, in collaboration, with the teaching teams and leadership to align the principles, practices and philosophy of Bold Park with current educational research and translate these into the daily experience of students and families.
To this role, Nicole draws not only her many years of experience in the Bold Park context, but also her teaching experience in a breadth of contexts including high school science and early years learning. Nicole is grateful to have had the opportunity to travel internationally to visit educational contexts of Reggio Emilia and has recently completed her Master’s of Education in Teaching and Learning.