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Centre takes new direction We are proud to introduce Giggles and Scribbles, our newly rebranded early childhood centre previously known as Lincoln Montessori. While we farewell the Montessori philosophy, we are very excited to share with you the new direction of our centre and how our new philosophy has developed. Here’s our story..... Having the benefit, and hopefully the wisdom of experience that comes with previously operating 3 early childhood centres, we have been able to sit back and reflect on what we believe makes an exceptional early childhood centre. Drawing from what we believe are the best bits of many different learning philosophies we have developed our very own teaching philosophy! Here at Giggles and Scribbles we believe our job is not just to prepare children intellectually for school but also, and perhaps more importantly, to develop them emotionally and socially. We aim to work alongside families to help develop and instil solid moral values that will prepare children be kind, thoughtful and decent human beings. Our philosophy focuses on providing children with the skills and tools to play with and alongside other children; to be able to make friends and retain them, valuing the enrichment of friendships. We believe in the value of teaching children to be kind, empathic and to have the ability to self-regulate their emotions. We focus on grace and courtesy, role modelling, respect and good manners. We have found that providing boundaries and setting clear expectations help children to feel safe and secure. We weave values such as loyalty, perseverance, independence and inclusiveness into our curriculum, believing them to be as equally important as providing a varied, stimulating and well prepared learning environment. While great emphasis is placed on these grace and courtesy

lessons, we still have the tools in place for children to learn important preparation for school skills such as learning the alphabet or solving basic math problems. At Giggles and Scribbles these skills are masterly woven holistically into a fun, and interactive programme. We also facilitate a highly acclaimed Transition To School programme for children over 4 years of age. This programme is run in house by primary trained teachers. Good communication is critical for collaborative relationships between home and the centre. Individual learning goals are set regularly for every child in partnership with parents. Monthly learning stories are provided alongside comprehensive reports which will provide parents with a precise understanding of where their child is at on their learning journey. It could be that they are developing the ability to take turns, build friendships or it could be that they are focusing on identifying letters in the alphabet. We need critical thinkers. Children who can think outside of the box. They are our future entrepreneurs! At Giggles and Scribbles we believe it’s important to provide a balance of equipment and resources that challenge the thought process of children. Some of our equipment and resources have a specific and intentional outcome. Children gain a sense of achievement and accomplishment from completing the activity, progressing their learning forward. It’s equally important to provide children with open ended resources to enable constructive play opportunities. Give a child a box and watch them make a rocket ship! Children need to be children! We believe in having fun, getting dirty and exploring with every element of their senses. We know that by the time they leave Giggles and Scribbles they are emotionally sound, respectful, polite and have an enquiring mind that loves to learn. We believe this allows them to be well prepared with skills and equipped for their next learning journey at primary school.

• Privately owned & operated • Architecturally designed purpose built building • 20 hours ECE for all children 3+ • Transition to School Programme for 4 & 5 year olds • Primary caregiving by ECE trained teachers

Enrol now for 2017 Open from 7.30am to 5.30pm daily 584 Birchs Road, Barton Fields | P 03 325 3350 E: info@gselc.co.nz | W: gigglesandscribbles.co.nz

Selwyn Learning 17-02-17  

Selwyn Learning 17-02-17

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