Early childhood learning sets the foundation for lifelong learning and play is the cornerstone to early learning. Research shows that children learn best through play and this is why our Academies offer a play based learning environment. Our curriculum provides a variety of opportunities for children to learn about and explore their environment. Daily activities include indoor and outdoor play, individual and small group time, teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, as well as active and quiet periods. Our responsibility to the children in our care is to make every day a new and challenging experience. At Willowbrae our curriculum includes key learning areas designed to enable children to learn about themselves, others and the world around them.
Children are exposed to a socially inclusive and culturally sensitive environment, where social responsibility is nurtured. Children are taught to respect diversity and appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others. Children learn how to be emphatic, co-operative, helping, and how to develop friendships.
Children experience a safe and caring environment where their emotional health, positive self-identities and sense of belonging are fostered. Children develop a sense of self and a sense of others. Children learn to form trusting, respectful relationships.
Children experience open and flexible environments where playful exploration and problem solving are encouraged. Children test their limits, learn the dynamics of working together, and develop different strategies to identify and work out problems. Children also learn to question, observe and inquire about the world around them.
Children experience intellectually, socially and culturally engaging environments where their speech, language, literacy and social communication skills are valued and supported. These skills are developed through classroom activities, peer interaction, and active play.
Children experience safe and caring environments where physical health and positive lifestyle choices are promoted and encouraged. Children explore body and movement, develop gross and fine motor skills, learn about food and nutrition, and are taught to take responsibility for personal care.
Children are exposed to open and flexible environments where imagination and creativity are encouraged through dramatic play, music, dance, arts and crafts. Children create imaginary scenarios in which they explore new possibilities. Children are encouraged to create something new and original.
Quality care from a young age can have a huge impact on the future success of children. At Willowbrae Academy children benefit from a stimulating, caring environment that support them in reaching their full potential. Exposure to quality education in the early years, leads to improved cognitive, social, emotional and physical development; skills needed to succeed in today’s society. Educational activities provided by a quality child care centre allow children to thrive; developing independence, academic achievement and socialization. At Willowbrae we provide children with a curriculum that meets their needs and interests. Our Academies carefully plan and organize the physical space, materials and activities, to enhance the learning process. At Willowbrae we are committed to children and their future by creating a solid foundation for lifelong learning.