3 and 4 year olds can climb mountains! I know this, because I went up a mountain recently with some very capable young children. They trekked for over 2 hours to get to the top of Mount Kau Kau, one of the great walks in Wellington, New Zealand.
This excursion was part of the Nature Explore component of Daisies Early Education and Care Centre‘s curriculum. Many of these children have been taking part in nature explore excursions since infancy, and on this particular day they had decided that they wanted to get to the very top of the mountain.
In this video Dr Anne Meade talks about the learning that takes place in nature, and how educators can go about creating their own nature programmes in their centres and communities.