Guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and our own centre philosophy, our programs acknowledge and reflect the importance of play. It is how children learn to investigate, question, role play, explore, problem solve, strategise, socialise, reason, predict, converse, collaborate, compromise and so much more.
Educational research supports (beyond a doubt) the value of providing open ended learning opportunities that encourage children to test and explore their environment in a ‘hands on way’ that focuses on the ‘journey of discovery’ rather than an end product.
We are seeking to inspire and encourage learning in all that we do but one of our main outcomes is to guide the children and facilitate the acquirement of life skills, that will assist them throughout their educational journey and into adulthood.
This happens across all areas and stages of development, at an individual and a group level.
While here children will be working on:
- Social and emotional skills- through sharing, turn taking, role playing, collaborating, negotiating, compromising, listening, empathising, expressing themselves and their feelings.
- Physical (fine and gross motor) skills- through opportunities and experiences that develop control, coordination, body awareness, spatial awareness, physical strength, dexterity, balance.
- Language and literacy skills- through conversations, a structured phonics program, daily group reading, access to a variety of printed materials, songs, topic specific vocabulary.
- Thinking skills- through open ended experience and provocations that encourage problem solving, spark curiosity, require investigation, incorporate number concepts, challenge and build on prior knowledge.