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Our Classrooms

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ACCELERATED  LEARNING THROUGH BLENDED CLASSES

Most centres have child care classes set at defined ages without any overlap. As we all know children do not develop at the same rate. This rigid system holds back children that are advanced causing them to be frustrated and bored. Similarly it forces children to move to the next class when that are not ready to, causing anxiety.

Our blended classrooms are designed to accommodate each child's individual developmental needs. The Nursery classroom is birth to 2.5 years which overlaps 6 months with our Toddler class (2-3.5 years). Our Junior Preschool class allows for children 3 year olds to 4.5 years and our Senior Preschool class is designed for 4 to 6 year olds.

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The overlap allows children who are advancing and developing quickly to move forward and not be held back. And those requiring more time are not forced to move to the next class.

This model operates on the premise of multi aging whereby the younger children’s learning and acquisition of skills or understandings is accelerated as they aspire to be like their older peers.
Simultaneously the older children take on leadership roles mentoring and tutoring the younger children promoting responsibility, higher order thinking, communication and autonomy.

This system takes up space that can otherwise increase our occupancy. The extra staff required to maintain ratios allowing for our overlapping classrooms is an additional expense. However, the smooth transition, facilitated learning, reduced anxiety and frustration, and ability to truly accommodate for each child's developmental needs is well worth it. Another simple idea with enormous difference.

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Nursery (Birth - 2.5 years)

  • Relationships
  • RIE educaring
  • Being spoken with and read too
  • Touch and see
  • Play based responsive relationship focus

Nursery play-space

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Toddlers (2 - 3.5 years)

  • Play based responsive relationship focus
  • Beginning life skills and habit forming
  • Learning how to play, relate and engage
  • Coping strategies
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Exploring boundaries

Toddler classroom

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Junior Preschool (3 - 4.5 years)

  • Life skills
  • Socio dramatic play
  • Literacy and numeracy awareness
  • Inquiry and play based learning focus
  • Social skills
  • Active citizenship
  • Responsibilities
  • Independence and autonomy
  • Critical literacy
  • Design and technology immersion
  • Communication
  • Resilience, self-esteem and mindfulness

Junior preschool classroom

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Senior Preschool (4 - 6 years)

  • Life skills
  • Socio dramatic play
  • Literacy and numeracy awareness
  • Inquiry and play based learning focus
  • Social skills
  • Active citizenship
  • Responsibilities
  • Independence and autonomy
  • Critical literacy
  • Design and technology immersion
  • Communication
  • Resilience, self-esteem and mindfulness

Senior preschool classroom

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Art Studio/Communal Space

To further encourage a collectivist and community experience we have designated a large space for art, crafts and other community activities. A place where children of all ages can interact, share and learn from each other. There is also a lounge and day-bed in that space for those who are not up for activities but just want to hang out.

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Benefits of an Art Studio

  • Visual art, painting, drawing, collage

  • Fine motor muscle development

  • Pre-writing skills, pre-reading skills

  • Name, letter recognition

  • Exploring line, shape, colour

  • Expression, representation, symbolism and communication

  • Culture, perspectives

Art studio/communal space

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Benefits a Communal Space

  • Social skills
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiating
  • Conflict resolution
  • Collaboration and Team work
  • Citizenship; Human rights
  • With rights comes responsibilities

Art studio/communal space