Childcare & Parent - Curriculum
Giraffe’s REACH Early Years Educational Programme
REACH provides children with the opportunity to learn in a holistic way focusing on the specified areas of learning and development. It provides planned activities for children to choose from and also allows for experiences that enable children to think and act on their own initiative, thus learning about themselves and the social world in which they live.
Research shows that very young learners need special provision. For children play is at the very centre of their lives. It is through play that they explore, experiment and learn. Children learn best by experiencing things first hand, by trying out and mastering new skills, concepts and experiences. They are in control of learning and therefore cannot fail.
When we talk about a curriculum we refer to a program of learning that encompasses everything that the children experience during their time in our care. Interactions with other children and staff members, the daily routine and play experiences both indoor and outdoor, all present learning opportunities for the young child.
Our curriculum provides for babies, wobblers, toddlers and the pre-school age group. By facilitating this age range we ensure that there is continuity throughout our program. Progress is monitored and recorded in your child’s “My Day At Giraffe” booklet.
Monitoring your child’s progress is an important part of our daily routine at Giraffe. Through themed planned activities we can monitor your child’s learning and development and ensure that they are fully supported to reach their full potential.
Of course learning doesn’t just take place when it is planned so it is important therefore that we have a curriculum that is flexible, caters for the individual needs of each child and embraces the incidental learning that occurs on a day to day basis.