The children in our educational program are generally aged between 15 months to 2 years however this can vary. They are curious, active, involved and eager to engage and absorb every learning experience that the learning environment offers. There are three early childhood educators to 11 children.
The educational learning experiences and opportunities that are provided to the children, engage their energy and help their imaginations to flourish. At this age their social and language skills emerge rapidly as they absorb and mimic words and gestures through repetitive songs and stories. Developmentally appropriate educational learning experiences are guided by the children’s interests. Written observations are recorded in the children’s individual portfolio and in the room reflection diary. Families are encouraged to contribute to their child’s day and to share their home experiences with us. These discussions enable us to gain further insight into the children’s interests and individual learning so that it can be incorporated into the daily educational program.
Our day is flexible and exciting as the children guide the direction of what occurs. They are so spontaneous and willing to explore their limits and independence, which in turn keeps us motivated and enthusiastic to extend the children’s learning and provide ample opportunities for the children to continually learn. This makes for a very busy day. By the end of lunch, the children are exhausted and ready to settle down for a rest time. Relaxation music is played and they slowly drift off to sleep, giving us the opportunity to gather further resources that may be required in the afternoon. The children’s self-help skills emerge rapidly at this age and ample time is given for the children to practise and become more confident in their emerging skills.
Drawing, painting, gardening, music and movement, water, clay and sand give the children time to explore their senses. Reading books and singing songs are an opportunity for us to have one-on-one time with the children, further creating a sense of connection between educator and child. These activities enhance a child’s learning.
The children enjoy the opportunity to participate in small cooking experiences by mixing ingredients, rolling out dough and then eating the end result. The chickens are close by, and collecting the eggs has become part of our daily routine.
All of these experiences enhance each child’s life and the opportunities to learn about the world around them.