Our Early Years program provides a holistic early childhood education and helps them to develop a range of skills in preparation for Junior Prep. We’ve designed our program to build student confidence in every aspect of their experience; from health and safety to small-group activities that encourage investigation, exploration, and discovery. We recognise each child as individuals who have their own strengths that we are able to cater for so that each child is able to experience success no matter how small.
Attachment is fundamental in Early Years to foster feelings of safety and security within our children and we are very fortunate to have an especially caring team of teachers and assistants who help create warm and caring relationships with each child. Play based, student led learning is our key approach where we allow children to free flow through a range of activities developed to their interests. Sensory play is also important to children’s development so the use of water, sand, mud and playdough provide children with different sensory experiences that help them understand the world around them.
Five areas of focus for our Early Years students
- Social skills: The ability to empathize and interact successfully with their peer group. By playing, working and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-regulation. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may arise during play.
- Physical skills: Children are encouraged to use their body and utilize the playground equipment.to help them develop hand-eye coordination and core strength. This is vital in preparing them for literacy skills later on. We focus on a range of activities that help children develop their fine and gross motor skills.
- Language skills: Language is fundamental in expressing needs and wants and to create meaning about the world around us. Our strong focus on language is manifested through storytelling, role play, songs and one to one conversations with children. In addition to this, children begin to show awareness of listening to others and understanding simple instructions.
- Cognitive skills: The core skills that the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason and pay attention. This involve; asking questions, developing an increased attention span, problem solving, visual discrimination, matching, comparing, sorting, and organizing, understanding, fact and fiction (or the difference between a truth and a lie), understanding cause and effect and simple reasoning.
- Adaptive developmental skills: These are self-help skills needed for daily living that will help a child to be more independent and self-sufficient. They include skills such as: dressing, brushing teeth and brushing hair, feeding oneself, toileting and washing.