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Friendships

We know how important it is for children to develop positive relationships with other children and adults. Through these interactions children learn empathy and social skills, gain confidence and feel a strong sense of belonging in their world. They are also exposed to the different views, ideas and knowledge other children have. With these skills and opportunities they are better equipped to extend their learning in all areas. Over the last few weeks in particular we have been exploring ways in which we can encourage our children to develop friendships with each other. Several of our children have an interest in younger babies. By providing opportunities for relaxed interactions and demonstrating how older children can help our babies, we are seeing new friendships emerging. It is fantastic to see all of the children happy and settled in each other's company, and we love watching the children learn and grow together.


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Under Construction

Children love to build and experiment. This week we continued exploring these interests in our construction corner which has lots of materials for children to work with. Children had a lot of fun constructing ramps using cones and lengths of timber. They worked together to balance the planks on the cones. It took many hands to balance and guide both ends of the planks into place at the same time. After numerous attempts the children were successful and they then took turns racing the cars to the platform. While this may just look like play, there is so much learning happening in this activity. For example children are exploring:

  • early numeracy ideas like speed, slope, size, time, balance strengthening
  • their social skills as they negotiate, co-operate and share developing problem solving skills.
Our educators understand and look for all these learning opportunities, then build on them with more exciting activities and experiences.