Early Years Education
Learn in a safe, secure, healthy and stimulating environment
By the time children are ready to attend preschool, they have already had a variety of experiences and have developed in a number of ways.
In order to use and build upon the learning that has already taken place in the home and its immediate environment, children should be provided with a rich variety of play activities and other experiences in a stimulating and challenging environment.
Children should be allowed to learn without experiencing a sense of failure.
Young children require
- a safe; secure; healthy; and stimulating environment where there is adequate supervision
- opportunities to investigate; satisfy their curiosity; explore the environment inside and outside the playroom; extend their sense of wonder; experience success; and develop a positive attitude towards learning
- appropriate periods of time for learning through sustained involvement in play
- interaction with sensitive and understanding adults. It is important that children feel secure in their relationships with adults and that they know that the adults are there to support them
- adults who will treat them as individuals and sensitively participate in their play
Given these needs it follows that young children require a curriculum which
- meets their physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs at their particular stage of development
- motivates, challenges and stimulates them
- is broad and balanced
The curriculum should allow children to make choices and provide them with opportunities, through play and other experiences, to develop the learning associated with -
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
- Physical Development;
- Creative/Aesthetic Development;
- Language Development;
- Early Mathematical Experiences;
- Early Experiences in Science and Technology;
- Knowledge and Appreciation of the Environment.