Family Handbook - The age of discovery | Goodstart

    The age of discovery

    Early learning for 2 to 3 year olds

    Theirs is a world full of big ideas to discover, explore and learn. Children of this age group are eager to use their newly-discovered independence and we design our program to help them find opportunities for starting conversations, sharing ideas, finding out about their environment, asking questions and making friends. Different interests and skills become clearer, and our educators use this knowledge to help your child learn about new concepts and ideas.

    New connections are happening in your child’s brain at an extraordinary rate now, and the basic pathways that were laid in their infant and toddler stages are becoming more varied and complex. Our educators help enhance this development and stimulate your child’s imagination by guiding them through creative learning experiences and new intellectual challenges.

    Building on skills already developed, our educators design stimulating play-based learning experiences to help children develop new skills around literacy, maths, science, social competence and physical development, and introduce opportunities for your child to discover new skills and interests.

    Children in this age group love to investigate and make meaning of the world around them – a great time for educators to encourage them to research, observe, find answers and learn to think for themselves.

    Young children learn so much by imagining and doing. Pretend play is an ideal opportunity for educators to help children develop a strong sense of themselves and others, along with problem-solving and reasoning skills, creativity and imagination.

    This is a time when educators can make the most of children’s growing social awareness with group activities that encourage them to share, cooperate, negotiate and make friends.

    Educators use activities that challenge and support children to persevere at tasks to help them develop maths, science and early technology skills, solve problems and support spatial awareness.

    Playing outdoors gives educators an opportunity to use nature to introduce children to concepts such as problem- solving, language, science and caring for the environment.