Play is the Foundation of our Kindergarten Program
To sit and watch a child play is quite remarkable. A child's creativity in play is an inherent gift that we adults lose due to social expectations and responsibilities. Creativity in play reflects the magical innocence of children.
We believe play is essential in the lives of young children and provides the perfect context for developing skills for life. Children are learning all the time and from every experience. They are naturally active and curious, and use play to make sense of the world around them. Play provides children with a means of expression. It is one way in which they can work through their feelings, enabling the children to cope with them.
At Jack & Jill, each child will be encouraged to solve problems and understand new information in an environment that is based on interactive play. As the children gain confidence and learn new skills, they will be expected to take initiative, investigate, discover, work at relationships and understand that learning involves experimentation and making mistakes.
Our flexible and creative program reflects the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and guides us in our understanding of children's learning and development. We offer a wide range of experiences in the areas of science, technology, role-play, drama, dance, music, art and craft as well as pre-literacy and pre-numeracy. By gently guiding, encouraging and supporting children's play, we as educators can help each child to discover and develop their unique abilities with a strong emphasis on building a positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
A vital step in the process of learning how to read. Children use one thing to represent another, displaying a capacity to use symbols. They act out real life experiences to make sense of feelings, roles and responsibilities.
An avenue for creativity. Children develop eye-hand coordination and fine muscle control. They learn about colours, shapes, textures and form.
Children develop pre-literacy skills, an appreciation of the written and spoken word and a lasting love and respect for reading.
Music and Movement
A physical outlet. Children are exposed to rhythm and beat and develop control over their larger muscles as well as awareness of their body parts and how they move. Singing can help their language to develop.
Lego, puzzles, beads and blocks introduce children to mathematics. They learn to classify, sequence, sort and match according to size and shape. They begin to develop problem solving skills.
Balance, eye-hand coordination, ball skills and muscle strength are all enhanced through playing outdoors. Exploring the natural environment such as water, mud, sand, plants and wildlife through the senses, helps children to develop care and respect for the environment and to learn to live sustainably.
Play is an essential part of a child's growth and development. It is the universal language of children and present in every culture. Through play children can actually bridge cultural gaps. Play is part of the way a child learns to get along with others and that sharing an experience can make it even better.
Children play to learn - so come and play with us!