Everyone Out Nature School

Everyone Out Nature school is an outdoors, self-directed play, 

one day school based in Crofton Downs, Wellington.

One Day School

A one day school is an education programme that children can attend one day a week whilst continuing to attend their regular school the other four days. 

Children will be given the freedom to engage in authentic, self-directed play based learning. Educators ensure tamariki develop confidence and skills to achieve self selected goals by providing layered learning experiences. We are able to do this by working with small mixed aged groups supported by skilled and qualified educators. 

Enrolment Details

The Everyone Out Nature School is for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Our ratio is 1 educator to 8 tamariki. The school will run for 8 weeks from 9am - 3pm every Thursday during term time. Usually this will be from week 2 until week 9 of the primary school term. Children will need to be enrolled for a full term to fully benefit from our programme.

Fees: Term fee is $520 per child ($65 per child per day), full term commitment required. 

Please carefully read the Terms & Conditions.

Learning Programme

The Everyone Out Nature School is a quality programme that allows children the time to engage deeply in their play and learning.  

It is based on NZ curriculum key competencies, effective pedagogy and the Sport NZ physical literacy approach.  

A primary purpose of Everyone Out Nature School is to provide for authentic, self-directed learning to build life skills such as; collaboration, problem solving, risk assessment, resilience, confidence, determination, creativity, imagination, empathy and respect for themselves, others and the environment. Children's natural enthusiasm and love of the outdoors will have the chance to thrive.

A range of child-led experiences in the natural learning environment will constantly challenge and extend them. By providing layered learning experiences the educators support tamariki develop and achieve self selected goals. 

How do we manage learning in a mixed aged group?
In a mixed age group older children have a chance to shine as leaders and innovators where younger children are eager learners. Our young tamariki benefit greatly in learning from seasoned learners. They have support to complete tasks that would be too difficult for them to do on their own. The older learners develop as teachers. 

Educators are able to focus on each child according to his or her own strengths and needs rather than their age. 

Working with Schools

Although we are not registered with (and are not required to be) or financially supported by the MOE we do recognise the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and link learning with the values, key competencies and learning areas. Learning through play in nature will develop learners in all NZC key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Managing Self
  • Relating to Others
  • Participating and Contributing
  • Using language, symbols and text

Though there won’t be any formal assessments or testing we will communicate regularly with whānau about their child's participation, learning and development.

To attend the Everyone Out Nature school and therefore be absent from their mainstream school one day a week, parents will need to seek permission from their child’s school.

If they are home schooled or not enrolled in a school (not yet 6 years old) they are welcome to attend. Section 25B of the Education Act allows New Zealand school students to have time away from school to attend alternative education with the permission from their school. Parents must seek the approval of their school. The principal will choose how to mark the child’s absence.

Our Locations

Huntleigh GirlGuiding Centre

Serving our western and northern suburbs we run programmes from Huntleigh GirlGuiding Centre, Crofton Downs

Island Bay Scout Hall

Our South Coast Programmes are based at Island Bay Scout Hall, Dover Street, Island Bay