Educating Kids through Animals and Adventure

Educating Kids through Animals and Adventure

Did you know that there is a child care centre that provides the benefit of being raised around animals as well as quality daycare just outside your doorstep? 

Meet Aussie Adventures Educational Centre in Park Ridge. Established in 1993, Aussie Adventures is an animal farm and daycare with a mission to create a place where children can be children by catering to their desire for exploration and adventure.  

Park Ridge News spoke to Managing Director Mrs Darin King, who has co-owned the centre with her partner for more than 27 years, about why they finesse child care the way they do. 

Darin says the centre is situated on five acres of rural property and built to imitate a natural environment for the children with real grass, areas to explore and trees to climb. 

“The natural environment we provide makes a big difference to children,” Mrs King said. 

“Your main priority as a parent is to ensure that your children are confident, secure, happy and ready to take on any challenge that comes their way in the world. 

“We provide that through a natural environment which encourages children to explore, to take risks, to feel confident and develop their skills.” 

Aussie Adventures are unique with the design of their centre but also set apart by a ‘family style’ approach and philosophy to child care. 

“We are a family-owned business, so we are well aware of the importance that we can play in supporting families in their day to day lives,” Miss King said. 

“So we are flexible with the way we approach them and make sure we are doing everything we can to support hard-working families.”

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Darin says that Aussie Adventures also incorporates animal care into daily life at the centre to support the children’s development. 

Children who attend get to know Liquorice the calf and his mum, Mia, Molly the sheep and her lamb, Shauna, the noisy ducks, turkeys, chickens, the guinea fowl and the Alpaca family. 

Raising kids around animals is proven to benefit children emotionally and physically, and childcare is no exception. 

“The kids have the opportunity to observe the circle of life through the animals,” she said. 

“From watching chickens hatching out of eggs and baby lambs being born every year as well as Alpaca’s, they get hands-on experience of watching how animals grow and develop.

“They also learn how to care for them daily.” 

Darin says that caring for animals fosters a connection between children, the earth and living creatures, which only increases as they grow into adults. 

“It’s the aspect that children have contact with the animals each day, and they can watch them grow, and they can nurture them,” Ms King said. 

“They learn respect for animals and living things, especially these days in terms of caring for the environment. 

“This teaches them values of respect, empathy, nurture and consideration.” 

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Amongst the many animals, the children find the lizards crawling around the front door in the morning the most amusing. 

“We’ve got lizards at the front door, and when the children come in each day, they always look for the lizards cause they hide,” she said.

Darin says her favourite part about running Aussie Adventures is watching the children progress and grow.

“The children are the main part of what I find rewarding in the job because you can see them grow, develop and become very confident and independent individuals,” she said. 

Regarding the future of the busy Aussie Adventures centre, Darin says they plan to expand. 

“With the growth in the Park Ridge and Logan Reserve suburbs, we are continuing to support families who will be coming into the area, so that’s our focus,” Mrs King said. 

“We do have plans for extending the centre at the back, and the plans have been approved by council to build three more classrooms and to cater for a kindergarten program.” 

The centre takes children as young as babies through to school age. To find out more, see https://aussiechildcare.com.au/