Space for Learn­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Whether it’s the con­struc­tion of a sand­cas­tle or a race through the play­ground, free-form play is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment to ef­fec­tive learn­ing. For the Ruahine Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion it’s also a big part of our teach­ing - en­cour­ag­ing learn­ing through play. pro­vide large spa­ces that en­cour­age free play. Our out­door en­vi­ron­ments in­clude fixed struc­tures, climb­ing frames, fly­ing foxes and mov­able re­sources that chil­dren can ma­nip­u­late, to cre­ate a com­plete sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. These ar­eas are de­signed with enough space to pro­mote ball and run­ning games. Re­search shows that un­struc­tured play be­tween chil­dren is a core fac­tor in the de­vel­op­ment of young minds, en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to set their own rules and lim­i­ta­tions to their ac­tiv­ity. It also aids with the nur­ture of life­long val­ues in­clud­ing well-be­ing, be­long­ing, con­tri­bu­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­plo­ration - the strands of Te Wha- riki, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s early child­hood cur­ricu­lum. Our fully qual­i­fied teach­ing staff su­per­vise and con­trib­ute to this learn­ing. This en­sures a safe en­vi­ron­ment where valu­able chil­dini­ti­ated play takes place, both im­prov­ing the minds of chil­dren and their all-im­por­tant sense of com­mu­nity, re­la­tion­ships and em­pow­er­ment. Ruahine Kinder­garten’s well­re­sourced in­door and out­door en­vi­ron­ments, across all 24 of our com­mu­nity-cen­tred kinder­gartens, With Ruahine Kinder­gartens, the fo­cus on holis­tic de­vel­op­ment through play-based learn­ing as­sures wha-nau that chil­dren are get­ting the best pos­si­ble start. Con­tact your lo­cal kinder­garten to­day.

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