At Childs Play Early Leaning centre we do not just babysit we also want to educate and prepare children for the future. We take a holistic view in our approach to our curriculum and programming: understanding what is needed for the whole child to develop their skills in the following developmental areas:
- Emotional /social
- Self Help and Adaptive
- Spiritual and moral
We do this by taking observations on the children and planning activities to support the children and ensure that the child can reach certain developmental milestones (as outlined in the EYLF and VEYLF). These observations are used to support any learning and expand on it:
Gathering information or data about children, families, educators and the community
Asking questions and analysing what has been observed.
Planning to support individuals and groups throughout, routines, experiences, interactions, inside, outside etc. Planning for learning, both short and long term
Acting to respond to what you know and have planned for/Putting plans into action
Reflecting on what you have noticed, understood, planned for and how you have acted and critically reflecting on how children and families have benefited from the planning cycle
The approach to learning is based on the theory of ‘learning through play’, this theory combines intentional teaching, with the children influencing what and how they learn throughout: exploration, problem solving and risk taking. This approach encourages children to be motivated to engaged in learning and resilience.
This approach to learning has 3 key aspects:
- The learning is lead by the child
- The educator is there to mentor and support the child and extend on the childrens’ thoughts, ideas and interests
- The environment support and provides learning opportunities,
- This approach encourages children to be inquirers: to examine the environment, educators and other children for answers and encourages children to be life-long learners.
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