The education of a child begins at birth and there are all sorts of definitions about what ‘education’ really means. Here at the centre we believe that the education of the child is a multifaceted thing. You, as parents, are the primary educator of your child. Your encouragement as your child learns to babble, hold a spoon, stand up, walk and talk are huge influences on the development of your child.
The other experiences that your child may have with grandparents and relatives, family friends, pets and while exploring their environments, wherever they are, all add to the ‘educational’ picture of the preschool child.
Children learn through play. As they explore and try out the world around them, they are continually learning new skills and abilities. Given that every child we have in our centre is at a different stage of development and skills level, we cannot offer simply one curriculum and hope that it covers every child. What we actually do is develop a picture of your child over a period of time. We do this by using a range of observation methods which tell us what your child can do. From there, we develop a program for the whole group based on their needs and interests, and make sure that we include special activities that will support, extend and encourage each individual child. These records are freely available for you to look at, and we also put together developmental summaries’ which we believe are very useful when we sit down and have one to one discussions with you about your child’s progress.
We can never hope to have a complete picture of the whole child without your input. We are interested in your child’s development and if you feel comfortable sharing information with us, then we already have a format for success.
In our centre we build a curriculum which is appropriate for the level of development of your child. Each section of the centre builds on the work of the section your child has just ‘graduated’. In this way your child’s progress will be easily recognised, and you can be assured that the education programs will always offer new and stimulating activities.