GOODSTART EARLY LEARN­ING

Canning Gazette - - THEATRE -

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.

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