Finally, springtime is here and we are fast approaching the end of the year where many families are needing to make important decisions about education and care for their children next year.
Explore & Develop supports the essential foundations for learning for all children and in doing so provides a play-based developmentally appropriate curriculum where children are learning important knowledge, skills and attitudes that will not only prepare them for school but lifelong learning.
We feel that it is important that children benefit from the balance of play-based learning, while nurturing in them the skills they will need to thrive in the academic-focused environment of primary school. These skills can also be developed at home, and it is never too early to start encouraging some of the independent life skills that will support our children as they grow.
Starting school is a significant milestone in the life of any child and family and the decision of what age to send a child to school is one that causes a lot of anxiety in parents. I hear this worry all the time, and always recommend that parents discuss the decision with us but don’t underestimate your own intuition as the primary caregivers. The choice is personal, and specific to the needs of each individual child and family. However, there is no need to feel alone on this path, Explore & Develop professionals are here to support you.
I hope that you enjoy the Spring edition of our Newsletter and if you would like further parent information or to download our Early Foundations for Lifelong Learning e-book browse our website.
To be confident learners, children need to have social and emotional skills. As children create connections with their parents, educators and peers they gain a sense of belonging to their environment. This in turn provides a platform and secure base for them to be able to confidently explore.
Autonomy and independence are continuously promoted through Explore & Develop’s beliefs that children are competent and capable beings. When children gain a sense of autonomy, this not only boosts their self-esteem but can also be transferred into other areas of their learning. If we want to set children up for success they have to feel good about themselves and who they are.
Families are children’s first and most influential teachers.
We are often asked by the families that attend our Explore & Develop services, what can parents and caregivers do to build children’s personal, social and learning capacity?
School readiness is not an isolated program, it is a process that happens over time. At Explore & Develop we focus on a holistic approach to learning where it begins in the infant rooms and is embedded in everything we do. Explore & Develop supports the Neuroscientific research that confirms the development of the brain is most rapid during the early years. These early years are a crucial period where children develop the foundations of their social, emotional, physical and intellectual wellbeing for life. Click here to directly download our Early Foundations for Lifelong Learning ebook.