Contemporary theories and research informed by the Reggio Emilia approach recognise and value the environment as a ‘third teacher’. We acknowledge the environment as a powerful influence in children’s learning behaviour. The environment includes physical spaces and materials, both indoors and outdoors. The environment teachers, offers opportunities to make meaning and connections, affects mood, guides children’s behaviour, and influences interactions. The environment is a major contributor to children’s experience in a children’s experience.
There are large viewing windows to the play spaces and outdoors with some positioned at the child’s level. Access to the outside in each child’s room is through a porch and steps. Entries capture the attention of both children and adults through the use of mirrors, photographs, and children’s work accompanied by transcriptions of their discussions. These same features characterise play space interiors, where displays of project work are interspersed with arrays of found objects and play space materials. In each case, the aim is for the environment to inform and engage the viewer.
Offers opportunities for children to learn, explore, and feel a part of where they are. One of the aims of our early childhood program is to nurture in children a love of nature, and a desire to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural world around them. We believe the strong links to nature and the natural environment is a source of learning and the infinite opportunities for learning that it offers. The objects and resources within it will be used for play or as catalyst for learning. Windows and doors provide natural light and opportunities to observe the natural environment. Bird attracting plants have been planted outside and by locating relevant books and posters nearby there is a ready-made source of interest to observe and talk about. Children are visible in the community as small groups of children will be visiting public spaces, local parks, schools, libraries, shops and services.
Given the ever-increasing demand for places at our service we recommend that parents place their child on our waiting list as soon as possible. This entails the completion of an online application form at no cost. This application is the first step in the enrolment process and is not a guarantee of admission.