Just like fam­ily at Molly’s Preschool

Central Leader - - EDUCATION & TRAINING -

Step into Molly’s Preschool and you’ll likely find a set­tled, nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous group of two-to-five year olds go­ing about their day.

First thought is, how is this group so well-ad­justed and happy?

Molly’s di­rec­tor Kelly Browne be­lieves that by keep­ing the childteacher ra­tio low and hav­ing both young and older chil­dren to­gether, they watch and learn from each other and gain trust – just like a fam­ily.

‘‘The younger chil­dren learn so much from ob­ser­va­tion, and the older chil­dren quickly de­velop an em­pa­thy with the young ones,’’ Kelly says. ‘‘It helps the chil­dren to set­tle in and so­cialise, an im­por­tant devel­op­ment to­wards their later school en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Open since March 2016, Molly’s roll is capped at 40 chil­dren, cre­at­ing a homely, bou­tique at­mo­sphere in this se­cure St Lukes cen­tre.

The chil­dren en­joy a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, both teacher ini­ti­ated and child di­rected, in a nur­tur­ing and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘We en­cour­age in­de­pen­dence, with pos­i­tive guid­ance,’’ Kelly says.

Well-re­sourced class­rooms and a large out­door space, set up with a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences pro­vides a stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows chil­dren to fol­low their in­ter­ests.

‘‘The chil­dren learn so quickly, by just ob­serv­ing oth­ers’’ Kelly says.

Chil­dren bring their own lunch­boxes.

‘‘Apart from an al­lergy safe­guard, they learn to be­come more in­de­pen­dent and de­velop a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity for their be­long­ings – again it’s good prepa­ra­tion for school.’’

Open from 7am–6pm. Half-days ses­sions 8–12 noon and 12–4pm, full days 8am–4pm any ex­tra hours charged at hourly rate. Molly’s of­fers 20 hours ECE Free – a com­pletely free ser­vice with half­day and full-day op­tions. An ini­tial dis­count for new two-year- old reg­is­tra­tions is cur­rently avail­able.

Thanks to many word-of- mouth rec­om­men­da­tions the good word is go­ing round the neigh­bour­hood about Molly’s.

Phone Molly’s Preschool at 845 0055; 75 St Lukes Rd, San­dring­ham, cnr Wa­gener Place.

Molly’s Preschool chil­dren en­joy plenty of free play as well as struc­tured learn­ing.

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