The Benefits Of Child-Centred Education

Times are changing and so is parenting.

Child-centred education often leads to heated arguments due to misunderstandings. The ideas date back to the 19th century! Some teachers aren’t prepared to adapt to the changing concepts of child development. They’ve criticised the approach. Still, child-centred education has many benefits. It can sometimes lead to better results than the teacher-centred approach for some children. Read more

Parenting Strategy Guide to Raising Successful Children

It’s difficult to navigate the tricky 21st century culture of instant gratification and constant distraction.

As parents, we experience even greater stress over these complications of a modern world because we’re trying to raise our children into successful adults!

First of all, you’re already leaps and bounds ahead of most parents because you’re reading this article. Most parents don’t take the time or energy to craft a thoughtful parenting strategy to help their children succeed.

One of the first steps toward an effective parenting strategy is educating yourself about what practices will set your child up for success.

So read on to continue educating yourself on how to help your children become successful. Read more

The 1000 Days – Why Great Education Matters

Did you know that 80% of your child’s brain will be developed by age 3? 

At Piptree we firmly believe that the first 1000 days of a child’s life are not only a critical foundation for future education but also an amazing opportunity to give your child a great start to life.

The period from conception to age three is so important as it is during this period that a child’s brain develops millions of neural connections, up to 700 new connections every second. In fact, the average toddler’s brain is twice as active as that of an adult during this period, and it is this activity and connectivity that gives us the best opportunity to build a foundation for future learning.

Building a Foundation that supports Brain Development

At Piptree we know that a child’s brain development is influenced by many things. However, we focus on four skill areas to help your child become eager learners and to provide the best support during the first 1000 .

Emotional Intelligence

We care deeply about the environment we provide for children and ensure they have the support they need at every stage. Our staff encourage a positive approach to new experiences and communication to develop children’s emotional intelligence. Through engaging in activities and working with others, they have an outlet to share their thoughts and feelings as well as build confidence and self-esteem.

Language

Communication is the cornerstone to brain development and learning. At Piptree we focus on age based communication, from talking, gestures, sounds and actions right through to singing, rhyming and reading aloud. A child that can confidently communicate through language can then make the natural transition into literacy.

Thinking Skills

Children need to develop thinking skills. They need to learn the concepts of cause and effect; problem solving skills, and early maths concepts. By focusing on play based learning, our educators can use play to introduce concepts that help to develop these early cognitive skills.

Self-Control

When you think about it, your toddler is amazing. Not only are they learning concrete concepts such as language and early maths, they are also developing their emotional skills.  Self-control can help your child to regulate their emotions, deal with frustration and also to interact with their peers.

Confidence

A happy child is a confident child. Confidence comes from self-belief and a feeling of competence. When your child is self-confident, they are more likely to engage in activities and try new things. Self-confidence also gives children a sense of self-worth that encourages them to socialise and interact with their peers. This emotional confidence is an important stepping stone towards the next phase in life – school.

At Piptree Early Learning we believe that by fostering strong relationships with parents and care givers, children will feel supported and have the best foundation for their first 1000 days.

From the start, child education has been the cornerstone of our vision and our core focus when creating an environment for play, learning and growth. Children begin to blossom as we nurture their development and gently guide them to learn at their own pace. We firmly believe that from these delicate seedlings, mighty trees will grow! It’s our role to help each child along a journey of care and learning – from Pip to Tree.

If you would like to talk to us about our approach or if you and your child would like to join the Piptree family, you can do so here.

Great Education for Child Development

5 Ways Play Based Learning Helps Your Child Grow

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From the moment that a baby is born, they are learning.  Learning to eat and to sleep, learning the routine of life. When you think about it “learning” does not stop. It is a continuous process throughout life.

However, when you embark on your childcare journey you will be inundated with theories, philosophies and lots and lots of opinions. So how do you know what is best for your little one?

At Piptree we are passionate about giving your child the best start to their childhood education and we believe that the best way for our children to learn is through play based learning. Read more

Does Kindergartener Behaviour Follow Us Through Life?

During your first few years as a parent, we know you want to prepare your child as best you can to learn with others.

Have you ever thought “What if my daughter doesn’t share her toys? What will the teacher and other parents think of me?”

We realise there is peer pressure among parents to raise well-behaved children. But, have you thought about why we constantly teach our children how to get along with others? Read more

Why Is Messy Play So Important?

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The benefits of Messy Play when it comes to child development

“Messy Play” The mere words invoke fear and dread into the hearts of many parents, but here at Piptree Early Learning, we encourage our children to embrace messy play and the learning and development that comes from it.

The idea of messy play can be a frightening and stressful one for parents.  Finger painting, muddy puddles, glue, glitter, GAHHH!  But wait – we want you to know that the benefits of this often dreaded play are huge.

Messy play is a particularly important form of play for babies and toddlers.

Cognitive development in children occurs when their senses are stimulated and messy play is awesome because it stimulates so many of their senses at once.  But how does it help your child develop? Read more

The Importance Of Developing Good Habits In Elementary School

The habits you learn as a child set the foundation for our entire life. What are these important habits for early development? Read on to find out!

Sharing is caring

A child’s social life is as important as how well they do in school. Researchers studied elementary school social life to see how much of an impact it made on academics. They found that a child learning to interact with others can greatly impact their adult lives.

Researchers stated that “success in school involves both social-emotional and cognitive skills, because social interactions, attention, and self-control affect readiness for learning.” Read more