"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
0 - 2 Koala Room
In the Koala Room we endeavour to create a positive warm and homelike environment. We believe that the children learn through play and we provide opportunities for the children to explore, discover and build upon their abilities. Here in the Koala Room a large focus is on introducing the children to a social environment. The carers in the room invest in building relationships with the children, building trust and attachment, and also fostering social skills and interactions between children.
We provide a program that allows the children to develop and build upon skills in all areas of development, in both indoor and outdoor settings. Staff prepare the area with a variety of different experiences, creating an inviting and stimulating environment. The room incorporates different textures and equipment to interest, challenge and educate the children. A typical program may include simple puzzles, cause and effect toys and books (cognitive), building blocks and vehicles (fine motor), climbing equipment, push bikes and stepping stones (gross motor), playdough and finger painting (sensory), dolls, prams, cots and dress ups (dramatic play), art and craft activities and drawing (creative exploration).
We have a flexible routine in the room, whilst it provides stability and predictability, it also incorporates the individual needs of each child. We try where possible to implement home routines for consistency for the children. Each day (weather permitting), we spend time in both our indoor and outdoor play areas. We have a separate playground for the Caterpillar children so the equipment can be targeted at this early age group.
2 -3 Possum Room
In the Possum Room we can have up to 16 children per day. The Possum Room focuses more on the extended social skills of the children and group learning. We encourage the children to turn take, share and work with their peers. Children at this age are just starting to learn how to interact appropriately with others and need some encouragement at times.
Inside we have many developmental areas. We offer the children many activities to develop their skills in art and craft, construction, cognitive and lanuage development, dramatic play, fine motor and gross motor. The program is done on a weekly or fortnightly basis on things that the children need to learn to develop and also upon their interests. We offer a variety of activities to extend and develop their skills.
Self help skills make up a big part of the day in the Possum Room. We encourage self feeding and help the children learn self dressing and undressing, toileting procedures including toilet training and basic hygiene like hand washing and nose blowing. By the time the children leave the Butterfly Room we feel that they are well equipped to handle the structure and demands of the pre-school program in the 3-5's Room.
We always encourage parent involvement and participation in the Possum Room and like to display as much of the children's work and activities as possible. Keep an eye out for your child's art work or some great photos of them participating in activities during the day!