At Grow Early Learning Centre, we acknowledge that the children in our care are developing on multiple levels as they begin to prepare for school.
Between the ages of 3 and 5, children are practicing and mastering their physical independence, including self-dressing, self-feeding and toileting themselves. During this time, they also build on their social development as they start to create and foster friendships.
Children in this age group talk constantly, asking various questions and expressing curiosity. Cognitively, their attention span increases and they begin to understand stories and relationships between concepts, numbers and objects. Children at this age become more aware of the emotions of others and their own, and begin to show empathy as they become aware of different perspectives.
Our educators show genuine interest, tune in and listen attentively to our children. We encourage each child’s curiosity and independent thinking by engaging them in conversation and asking them open ended questions. This assists us to gain knowledge of our children’s interests, which in turn, support our educators in the planning our educational programs. These programs enable our children to learn different topics through exploration and discovery, whilst preparing for school and the world. Our children are key stakeholders in creating, defining and shaping our educational curriculum.
Through our educational programs, we set the foundations for the life skills children will need for their schooling and into their adult lives. We focus on preparing them emotionally and socially, as well as academically. We deliver our programs through routines of structured learning activities, group experiences and child-selected activities/sessions, where children have the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through both planned and spontaneous activities and experiences.