Play Based Learning
At Beecroft Long Day and Early Learning Centre we run a play-based and interest-based program. We strongly believe that play is the way in which children naturally learn. This does not mean that the children just do what they like all day. Play creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9).
Many have the perception that children just come to day care to “play”. When in fact young children’s play allows them to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. Children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development, and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005).
These are completed everyday for each individual room. They are on display near the entrance of each room. It will give you information about the day including a few experiences and activities the children have done. The photos taken on the day will be put on a slideshow which you can see when you walk in. The photos of your child will be added to an individual photo folder which will be given to you on a USB you bring in at the end of the year.
Individual observations will be completed regularly and these will be documented in the child’s portfolio. Your child’s learning will also be included in a learning story book, documenting bigger group learning experiences and specific topics of interests.
We value family input and understand the importance to incorporate aspects of family life into our program. we strongly encourage you to have conversations with your child’s teacher on a regular basis to give feedback on the current program, share any ideas you may have and communicate your child’s current interests and needs.
Transition from Crabs (2-3) to Dolphins (3-6)
When it comes to the time where majority of the toddlers are at the age of 3 years, they may not be able to move up immediately into the preschool room due to the space and staff ratios. In this case, the toddler room leader will collaborate with the Early Childhood Teacher to create a joint learning program for all the 3 year olds. The toddlers will get the opportunity to join in the preschool class every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 2 hours. We would like to reassure parents that their child will not miss out and that they get the opportunity to participate in more challenging experiences to ensure they have a smoother transition into the preschool room.
Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. J. (2005). Uniquely preschool: What research tells us about the ways young children learn. Educational Leadership,63(1), 44-47.
Lester, S. & Russell, S. (2008). Play for a change. Play policy and practice: A review of contemporary perspectives. Play England. Retrieved 21.6.2010 from http://www.worldleisure. org/pdfs/Copy%20of%20book_rev_play_for_change.pdf