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Delivering Play-Based Learning Through Educational Toys

Children are Natural Learners

By nature, children are curious about cause and effect; this interest in ‘how the world works’ can be observed from day 1. As they go through the process of growing up, children are constantly analysing and drawing conclusions based on their experiences.

“Babies and children are like little scientists. They gather evidence by observing and experiencing the world,” says Tamar Kushnir from the Human Development Department of Cornell University1. While it may look like they are simply playing with toys in a random or haphazard manner, it has been observed that they are actually engaged in a rational process of hypothesising, evaluating and adapting their beliefs, after being presented with real-world evidence.

Play-Based Learning at Piptree

At Piptree Early Learning childcare centres, toys are more than just fun and games. The way Piptree delivers play-based learning is through our carefully selected, comprehensive range of educational toys, designed by experts in the field2. We have fitted our childcare centres with purpose-designed, sustainable, wooden ‘toys’, which are all actively aimed at stimulating our children in the domains of language, mathematics, creativity, science and health.

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Preparing for Your Child’s First Year of School

We are so very thankful for our wonderful Kindergarten class also known as our Poppies (4 – 5 years), who are moving to Prep in 2019. We have a few more weeks for healthy transitions to the new school, so we have put a quick list below to help you prepare for your child’s first year of school. Further information can be found on the Queensland Government Resource for Parents web page.

As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s education. There are many things you can do to make your child’s first day and time at school more enjoyable.

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School Readiness & Kindergarten Program at Piptree

The Kindergarten Program is about preparing your child for Prep.

Here at Piptree we are offering your children lots of opportunities to play, learn and grow.

Children are encouraged to use language to communicate ideas, feelings and needs. Make friends and cooperate with other children. We encourage our Poppies to be more independent and confident in their abilities. Educators assist children in developing self-discipline. We support children to creatively express their ideas and feelings through art, dance and dramatic play. The Kindergarten program is also about developing early reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Useful school preparation activities might include:

  • Encouraging children’s participation in group games and experiences
  • Supporting children to cooperate with peers and make friendships in free play situations
  • Talking positively with children about starting school
  • Discussing school visits or orientation events with children, before and after they occur
  • Arranging visits to the local school so children can get used to the environment and activities
  • Reading with children regularly

We’d love to welcome you and your child into the Piptree family. Contact us today to visit one of our locations and see what makes Piptree different.