GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING
GOODSTART Early Learning knows that 90 per cent of all brain development occurs before children start school.
This is a time when babies and children are learning fast and by the age of three years, a child’s brain has more connections than at any other time in their lives.
It is also a time when building a child’s confidence to enable them to become passionate, curious and active learners is essential.
This is why Goodstart Early Learning has developed the Kindergarten Foundations Program, which helps launch children into a life of learning through programs focused on play-based learning.
Play-based learning is a simple concept but because people are accustomed to seeing learning occur in formal settings, it is easily misunderstood.
Play-based learning is all about the process that children embark on, rather than achieving a specific outcome.
It is an approach that is led by the child and supported by teachers and educators by recognising ‘teachable moments’ during play, or by carefully planning play experiences that open up opportunities for learning.
When children engage in play, they are more motivated to learn and develop positive feelings towards learning.
Early years education is a key priority, with each of Goodstart’s pre-kindergarten programs providing learning environments that focus on play-based intentional learning.
Featuring high quality, age-appropriate play-based pre-kindy programs within a long early learning environment, children learn much more than numeracy and literacy.
Goodstart pedagogy and practice general manager Sue Robb said brain development in the early years built foundations for future development in people’s lives, which was why early learning was so important.
“The ages of three to five are critical to children’s brain development and research shows children who have attended two years of quality playbased early learning make the best transitions to school,” Ms Robb said.
“Goodstart’s programs teach children great communication skills, coping skills, resilience and selfdiscipline. They are also essential in practising fine and gross motor skills, basic maths, literacy and general knowledge.”
Visit www.goodstart. org.au.