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Our Sandton Play School and Day Care Centre Curriculum

The curriculum at Doodlebugs Play School can be described as the means whereby the child learns all that is intended and as such, embraces the totality of the experience available to the child. While the curriculum facilitates the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge, it is also concerned with the promotion of sound relationships, attitudes, values and self-discipline.

The first five years of a child’s life is a period of rapid physical and intellectual growth. Recognising the vital importance and formative nature of the learning that takes place during this period, constant effort is made to ensure that every experience offered to the child is of the highest possible quality.

While much emphasis is placed on providing experiences which structure the child’s learning, there is a constant awareness that for the young child, the process of education – how the child is encouraged to learn – is as important as the content – what the child learns.

The learning environment within the school takes account of the child’s need for active involvement, sensory exploration, discovery, creativity, interaction with others and opportunity to practice and refine skills.

Our play school and day care’s curriculum is therefore; broad, balanced and provides for progression. The wholeness and all-round development of the child are kept at the forefront of all curriculum planning.

Objectives of the curriculum

Children experiencing the play school curriculum have opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding and to develop skills, concepts, positive attitudes and values. While full recognition is given to the integrated nature of learning, planning hinges on three broad areas of child development, divided as follows:

Moving towards an awareness of sharing, fairness, forgiveness, respect and independence – leading to self-confidence and self-discipline.

 

At Doodlebugs, it is our belief that children are affected by the context in which learning takes place – whether they are at crèche, nursery school or day care. Consequently, much attention is paid to the learning environment with particular reference to:

Relationships

Day centre curriculum - relationships

Much time, thought and effort are spent on fostering sound relationships between child care staff, parents and staff, children and staff, children and children, staff and community – creating a warm atmosphere where the child feels secure.

Stimulus

Day Care Curriculum - relationships

Continuous attention is given to ensuring that the play school environment is clean, attractive and that equipment and materials are safe, appropriate and stimulating without being threatening; displays are changed or updated regularly and materials are structured to match the emerging abilities of the children.

Material

Curriculum materials

These are planned, prepared and presented in an attractive and well-organised manner and in a way that permits the child to choose, discourages interruption and promotes concentration and self-discipline.

Role of the Adult in the Play school…

At play school or nursery school, the adult’s role is one of facilitator rather than instructor.

Teachers, assistants and child care professionals are constantly engaged in:

  • Responding to children’s comments, questions and requests.
  • Talking with children, offering views, suggestions and observations.
  • Sensitive and informed involvement and, when necessary, intervention in the play.
  • Careful observation.
  • Planning and preparing curriculum details – on the basis of observed interests, abilities and needs.