Our Explorers

6 weeks to 18 months

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We strive to create a positive social and nurturing setting to allow your child to develop their sense of belonging. We endeavour to maintain smaller than recommended adult to child ratios, which enables the educators to spend quality time with the children and allows small grouping. This ensures that our experienced educators build a meaningful relationship and establish a sense of security for the child and their families.

Our program is catered towards the developmental milestones of each individual child, incorporating Jewish values holistically. We primarily provide gross and fine motor development and sensory based activities to help create a fun play moment. All children are at different level of exploration and we introduce the children to age appropriate activities and allow the child to choose whether they would like to continue or explore another environment in our room. In all aspects of the day we are looking to find what provides a positive sense of wellbeing for your child.

From birth to three years old a child’s brain produces more than 700 neural connections each second. By the age of 3, a child has 1,000 trillion synapses, up to 4 times the number in an adult brain.

This development is influenced by and dependent on;

→ a stimulating environment

→ Caring and loving relationships

→ quality learning experiences.

Our Explorers room and our team of dedicated staff are committed to providing all these things, every moment, of every day that your child is in our care.

We are focused on the development of the whole child, creating many varied opportunities to experience whole body learning, that stimulates and challenges growing bodies and

minds. We know that cognition is closely linked to movement, so our explorers engage in tactile experiences that encompass all their senses. If your child has had the chance to get messy then you know it has been a great day.

Putting your child into care can be a very emotional and stressful time so we want to do everything we can to make the experience as positive and stress free as possible.

Listed below are some things that we can all do to support your child as they make the transition from home to care.

  • Communicate. The more we know about your child and your family the better.
  • Be prepared. Make sure that your child has everything that they need for the day.
  • Take your time. Transition and visiting opportunities are very important in helping build a relationship between your child, the educators and you.
  • Download the Educa app. You will receive pictures, stories and updates on how your child is doing and what they are up to in the room.
  • Empower your child. Discuss with your baby about their days routine and let them know you will always be picking them up at the end of the day. Let them know they are safe.
  • Discuss your concerns. The educators are there to help and listen so please utilise their knowledge and experience by discussing any concerns you have regarding your child.

The early years of a child’s life are very busy. We believe learning is happening all the time and is interwoven through all developmental domains. These include:

Physical, social, emotional, cognitive and communication.

Therefore, the goal of our program in the explorer’s room is to make this ongoing learning experiences safe, positive, and fun, nurturing the whole child as we strive to guide them into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and excitement for continued learning.

Children need the assurance of being loved and cared for while they are enjoying an educational environment, Teaching, and caring for children in our passion. Security and trust are very important components as well, of our relationships with each baby.

We make sure we get to know every baby well, observing them and gathering the necessary information to be able to provide high quality care for them, and a learning environment in which they can reach their full potential.

We believe young children are very aware of themselves and the small world they live in family and home. However, each child is unique and has different interests, background and developmental. at ages. Therefore, we pay attention to each child and treat them equally, to be able to plan experiences that will respond to their interests, developmental stages, and background.

In planning our program, we will strive for a developmentally appropriate, child centered atmosphere where children can master new challenges through experiences, activities and topics that are meaningful to them, thus building self-esteem as they develop and learn through play. Also, we are constantly evaluating ourselves and doing ongoing research, to ensure high quality practices and rich experiences are planned.

We always role model to the babies positive behaviours and positive ways to do things. We remain calm, firm when needed, polite, independent, strong, honest, sweet, kind, understanding, creative and giving the best of ourselves to the babies to be great examples. We use intentional teaching and give them our best selves to imitate.

  • We open at 7am and the children are family grouped and play together until 8am, when children transition their rooms indoor or outdoor environments.
  • Between 8:30 and 8:45 our Explorers transition to a mat to sit with their educators for Davening with one of the Jewish Studies Teachers. They sing songs, using English and Hebrew, to celebrate the new day.
  • Our Explorers have their morning Tea after davening, ranging from Solid’s and finger food to puree depending on what they are currently eating and trying at home.
  • Our routine travels in two directions from morning tea, with our younger babies getting settled for sleep and our old babies ready for free play and sensory experiences, indoors and outside.
  • Our Explorers come together for lunch at 11:00 am, this also ranges from solid’s and finger food to puree depending on what they are currently eating and trying at home.
  • After lunch, our older Explorers get settled for their sleep while their younger friends have time to explore and play in their environments as well as engage in sensory activities created by the educators.
  • Our Explorers have their afternoon tea around 2:00pm.
  • From 2:15, our Explorers who have an afternoon sleep will get settled and go down when they are ready.
  • While some of their friends are sleeping, the Explorers that are awake will have opportunities for free play and sensory experiences, indoors and outside.