Early ed­u­ca­tion a bonus

Townsville Bulletin - - About a Baby -

IN­TRO­DUC­ING early ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for tod­dlers has been found to pro­vide a pos­i­tive start to their learn­ing.

Townsville mother and teacher Me­gan Mur­ray said pro­mot­ing early learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with tod­dlers was a great way to stim­u­late their con­stantly ex­pand­ing minds, start­ing them on the right track to en­joy fu­ture learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

And mother of three un­der t hree chil­dren Rikki-Lee Wright­son couldn’t agree more.

Her tod­dler, Brit­tany, 3, has been a pupil of Ms Mur­ray’s in­au­gu­ral Smart­start 4 School.

‘‘ Al­though I read and count with Brit­tany at home, I be­lieve in a les­son en­vi­ron­ment she gets more out of what’s been taught,’’ Mrs Wright­son said.

‘‘ Within only three weeks she has learnt how to hold a pen­cil cor­rectly and is count­ing and recog­nis­ing words faster than she ever did with me at home.

‘‘ Be­cause Brit­tany doesn’t at­tend child care and is home with me full-time, I be­lieve the classes are a great way for her to gain con­fi­dence with­out me by her side.’’

Ms Mur­ray, a qual­i­fied child­care worker with seven years ex­pe­ri­ence in work­ing with chil­dren and two years ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing chil­dren ser­vices, said she held a pas­sion for teach­ing and help­ing chil­dren achieve t heir very best t hrough lis­ten­ing and re­lat­ing to each child.

‘‘ I’m com­mit­ted to work­ing with par­ents and fam­i­lies in the ed­u­cat­ing of their chil­dren. I be­lieve that par­ents are the most im­por­tant and pri­mary teach­ers through­out a child’s life,’’ she said.

‘‘ I be­lieve that all chil­dren have ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the need to learn in all ar­eas of de­vel­op­ment; early child­hood teach­ing will equip them for a bet­ter school ex­pe­ri­ence. This will give them con­fi­dence and s kil l s t o achieve at the early stage of school. I ac­knowl­edge the in­di­vid­ual needs and unique­ness of each child and en­hance each child’s com­pe­tence, strengths and self es­teem.’’

Ms Mur­ray said the tod­dler

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