What You Can Expect at North
Ringwood Pre School...
Kindergarten is a place that serves the needs of 3, 4, and 5 year old children. We do this by offering them experiences adapted to their developmental needs at these age levels. It shares with parents the responsibility for promoting sound growth and learning in a period when growth is rapid and significant. Respect for the individual child and his/her needs and interests are the basis for the program.
Your teacher is a trained Early Childhood Educator, and is responsible for your child's program working in collaboration with your assistant teacher and child. As early childhood educators we are committed to assisting your child to develop to the best of his/her ability in all areas of development. We believe it is important to challenge ourselves to provide the optimum learning environment to achieve this goal.
We endeavor to keep up to date with the latest research in brain development and current practices. We can use this research to ensure that our environment is set in a fashion that suits the way young children learn. It must however be looked at in the context of other things we know about children.
Children’s self concept, identity, personality, and family are all important in the child’s life! Most importantly we want to give children their childhood back and are trying to provide an environment that truly shows respect for childhood and in particular the children in our care now.
Learning is taking place around us all the time in many obvious and obscure ways. One of the most significant and powerful ways is through mimicking significant peers.
One of the most unsuccessful ways to learn is formal instruction too early on. Our brains actually learn better subconsciously. Children need spaces in which they can succeed, remembering that a child’s idea of success is different than ours. In fact, most adults have different ideas of success.
Through an Indoor-Outdoor Program:
You can expect to see your child learning and developing skills through 'guided play'. That is, the environment is set by the staff, considering children’s interests, with materials and additional equipment accessible to the children.
The children are challenged to direct their own play, learn from peers, and think for themselves. We provide a happy, secure, friendly, and inviting environment where a child's self-esteem is of the highest importance.
Everyone is an important member of the group and has a valuable contribution to make. We provide activities that allow the child to easily succeed along with activities that provide that little extra challenge.
The children will be developing skills in many areas such as physical development, social/emotional development and awareness, intellectual skills, and language skills through their own interests and ideas.
The children will be developing small and large muscle skills such as:
Children will develop skills of:
Emotionally they will
Many activities are based on literacy (pre-reading and pre-writing exercises) and numeracy skills. Many science, art, music, social studies, mathematics, and language (stories and poetry) concepts are immersed in the program. Most activities involve a variety of skills and learning opportunities. No areas of development are mutually exclusive, they are all interrelated! Children are constantly absorbing information through a stimulating environment that caters to both their needs and their interests.