Learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that in­spire at Pea­cocks

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‘‘Our task re­gard­ing creativ­ity is to help chil­dren climb their own moun­tains, as high as pos­si­ble. No one can do more’’ – Loris Malaguzzi, a founder of the Reg­gio Emilia phi­los­o­phy.

Pea­cocks Early Learn­ing Cen­tre strives for pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence in all that they do.

The St Lukes cen­tre was de­signed and built to re­flect the in­spi­ra­tion from the Reg­gio Emilia teach­ing ap­proach where the en­vi­ron­ment is viewed as the ‘ third teacher’ and where ed­u­ca­tors have a very strong im­age of the child.

Chil­dren are seen as be­ing ca­pa­ble and com­pe­tent. Ed­u­ca­tors, rather than fill­ing their heads with knowl­edge, work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the child al­low­ing them to dis­cover, ex­plore ask ques­tions and in­ves­ti­gate what in­ter­ests and pas­sions fas­ci­nate them.

The en­vi­ron­ment which is re­ferred to as the ‘ third teacher’ is rich in pos­si­bil­i­ties and in­cor­po­rates a range of nat­u­ral, re­cy­cled and ev­ery­day ob­jects such as glass­ware and wire for chil­dren to work with.

Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to re­spect re­sources and the work of oth­ers.

A clay artist or ‘ate­lierista’ vis­its the cen­tre to work with the chil­dren – just one ex­am­ple of the va­ri­ety of learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer at Pea­cocks.

The cen­tre caters for all age groups util­is­ing both the in­side and out­side en­vi­ron­ments. It is of­ten from th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences that ed­u­ca­tors no­tice a strong in­ter­est de­vel­op­ing, so they can pro­vide fur­ther provo­ca­tions for the chil- dren to ex­plore this in­ter­est in more depth – this is re­ferred to as the ‘project ap­proach’.

Pea­cocks caters for chil­dren aged three months to school age, with 20 ECE hours avail­able.

The cen­tre’s op­er­at­ing hours are 7.30am to 5.45pm and within th­ese hours a ‘school day’ is of­fered from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Preschool room: Clay wheel in mo­tion with en­thu­si­as­tic chil­dren keen to par­tic­i­pate un­der the teacher’s guid­ance.

Dis­cov­ery: Chil­dren are of­fered a va­ri­ety of learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at Pea­cocks.

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