Kindergarten

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What is Early childhood education? What is Early learning? Do we know what the most important developmental components are in the first five years of everyone’s lives? What, or who, makes a good childcare or kindergarten? At Eunoia, we believe we’ve answered these age-old questions.

The word “education” comes from the ancient Greek “educare”, meaning “to nourish”, or “to bring up”. Not merely instructing, or prescriptively improving the completion of various tasks, but nourishing one’s personality, and drawing out the best in every individual.

 

At Eunoia we believe in the following three components of early childhood learning, development and education, namely – space, time and resources.

Kindergarten Berwick space

Space

Space, or the environment as a third teacher is a very powerful tool in children’s learning and education. The size of our rooms, children’s easy access to all the resources, constant access between inside and outside areas are invaluable elements for fostering children’s sense of agency, independence, and abilities to make their own decisions and drive their own learning. All these skills are important life skills; we do not, therefore, call them “school readiness” skills, as they will stay with children for their entire lives.

Time

Time is the most valuable source these days for all people and for pre-schoolers in particular. Parenthood is often typified by rushing, wanting their children to grow up quicker and to complete the transition into school as quickly as possible. People forget that the first five years of children’s lives are the most important in terms of development; children’s brains will reach their full capacity by the time they are five years old. We consider this stage of children’s development as integral, and try to provide an unhurried and relaxed atmosphere for children to enjoy what they like and be able to engage in as many experiences as they want.
Kindergarten Berwick resources

Resources

Resources encompass furniture, equipment and toys, which are new, sustainable and meaningful. Our educators are another incredibly valuable resource as well; 80% of our team members are Diploma-qualified. Three educators have Certificates in working with children with additional needs. Pre-Kinder and Kinder room leaders have Bachelor degrees in Early childhood education. The majority of our team members speak two or three languages, a skill that contributes immensely to cultural competency and understanding our diverse community better.

Children choose

Our kindergarten program will also be drawing upon the Reggio Emilia approach, which views the environment as a third teacher. Investigative tasks in both our indoor and outdoor spaces will serve as discovery tools. The children will be able to choose to be a part of our regular STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) program experiences such as cooking, box play, stick insects, worm farm and various experiments. There will be ample resources available for every child to continue to develop their literacy skills and confidence, such as reading, story stones, puppet shows and of course music and movement!
Having all these three components – sufficient space, plenty of time and adequate resources – organised in children’s everyday experiences is the cornerstone of early childhood learning and education.