Nature & Play Based Learning
When thinking of your own childhood, most people remember the joy of playing and spending time outside, making sand castles, playing with mud and rocks and doing cartwheels on the front lawn. You feel relaxed, inspired and free from pressures.
So by providing an environment that promotes nature and play based learning, children are given opportunities to learn and explore without pressure, while building a love for future learning.
Play-based learning is a vehicle which enables children to make sense of the world and to explore and connect to people, their interests, and the environment, while developing skills such as social, emotional, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking.
Play promotes imaginary play, where your child can practise being someone or something else, eg. Mummy or a firefighter, using knowledge and learning from what they know and also other children and educators. Using objects to represent real life objects such as a box representing a house, car or boat, will allow your child to understand the world around then, while developing other skills.
The teacher and educators use intentional and scaffolding strategies to enhance learning through inquiry, curiosity, and investigation. Play promotes literacy and numeracy development and through a child” s interest and the environment encourage the child to explore new ideas through trial and error while enjoying the freedom to do so. Play based learning has been shown to improve later success at school, through supporting children to become socially adept and capable and competent learners.
A term that has be introduced is “Nature Deficity Disorder” which highlights the crisis of reduced outdoor experiences. This is mainly due to an increase in technology time and smaller backyards.
As the benefits of outdoor nature play are overwhelming, Conon Road Kindergarten supports spending 95% of the day. This does depend on extreme weather conditions, however, gum boots and rain jackets, invite a new and exciting experience with running in the rain and playing in puddles. During the summer hot days, children enjoy shaded
The benefits for your child are:
- Stimulates your child’s immune system.
- Stimulates their brain development through experiencing new sensory awareness with touch, smell, hearing and taste.
- Encouraging problem solving and creative thinking
- Social and emotional development
- Physical development through gross motor development
Learn. Play. Grow.
Long Day Care
Get a safe and nurturing environment for your children while you are at work. Long day care is a vital service for working families. At our kindergarten, we have a team of qualified and experienced early childhood educators who provide a range of age-appropriate activities.
Nature & Play
Before and After School Program
School Holiday Care
During the school holidays we provide care for children from 2 to 12 years old. We take children from out of area as well as Manning and St Pius Primary schools.
We have programs for both the younger and older children. We provide activities, incursions, and excursions.
Need childcare that doesn’t fit the standard Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 schedule? No problem! At our kindergarten, flexible sessions are tailored to meet your family’s specific needs, whether that means enrolling for only a few days a week, choosing different start and end times, or combining different types of sessions.
What Parents Think About Us
Parents are always our best critics when it comes to our childcare services. They know what their children need and what kind of care they should receive while they’re away from home. We always appreciate honest feedback from our parents, because it helps us to improve our services and make sure we’re providing the best possible care for their children. Here’s what some of our parents have said about our kindergarten: