The term “child development”, refers to the changes that occur as a child starts to grow and develop, in terms of their physical health and wellbeing, their social awareness, being mentally alert as well as emotionally sound - and ready to learn.
It is now recognised that the formative years of a child’s life between 0-8 years are the most crucial time for learning. This is a period of a rapid cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth; in fact, children learn much quicker during their early years than they do at any other stage of life.
With recent research showing that the first five years are of even greater importance for the development of the child's brain, it’s clear that these moments are critical, providing the base for the brain's organisational development and functioning, later in life. With that in mind, it’s essential that parents and carers note their role in educating children during their formative years. This is important when it comes to deepening and extending the knowledge, understanding, values and skills that they already have.
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5 highly effective play and experiential learning activities:
It’s vital that children are given the opportunity to participate in new and engaging activities, such as exploring art, role play, music, literature, problem solving and more.
Dress up & role play: This helps children to begin to understand aspects of the adult world, such as job roles and interest. This also boosts social interaction and encourages them to dress themselves – an important aspect of growing up.
Art: Giving kids the opportunity to get creative with paints and drawing tools allows them to experience the world in a sensory manner by developing a level of self-expression. This also helps to develop their pre-writing skills.
Problem solving: Utilising tools such as blocks, jigsaws and shape sorters lays the fundamentals of problem solving, spatial thinking, logical reasoning, ordering, and recognising different shapes, sizes, and colours.
Sensory play: This refers to any activity that involves touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. From plates of jelly and play dough to aqua beads and even ice, sensory play stimulates exploration and lays the foundations of science and investigation.
Cooking/ Pretend-Cooking: Playing chef is a brilliant play scenario for children, as it combines the basics of sensory play, mathematical concepts, safety and even following processes.
Here at Kids’ Kampus, we believe that your little ones deserve the very best out of life. That’s why we work in partnership with all of our families in order realise the full potential of every child by creating a homely, nurturing, safe and stimulating environment. If you’re interested in learning more about our childcare centre, contact us online or give us a call on (09) 630 1454.