Children thrive in fun and engaging learning spaces
A complete indoor refurbishment and enhancements to outdoor areas at Goodstart Carina have had a positive effect on children’s learning outcomes.
The early learning centre, which caters for 52 children from toddler age through to kindergarten, has added a water wall to encourage water play and dedicated music area to inspire creative expression.
New gardens and an outdoor mud kitchen also allow children to get in touch with nature while encouraging messy and sensory play-based learning experiences.
Centre director Tiffany Thorpe said the centre’s engaging environment and the high quality early learning programs offered at the centre were a big drawcard for families in the local community.
“We are so proud of the improvements we have made to our centre environment, both indoors and outdoors. It has been a whole team effort to rejuvenate our learning environments and we are definitely noticing a huge difference in children’s engagement levels,” Mrs Thorpe said.
“In early learning settings when the physical environment is organised and inviting, children are more likely to pursue learning experiences with each other. As a result, we often find educators spend more time interacting with individual and small groups of children in ways that encourage exploration and social interaction,” she said.
The centre will open its doors to the public on March 25 for a special fun day with a range of activities planned for children of all ages including face painting, arts and crafts, sciences experiments and dramatic play, as well as a sausage sizzle end free entertainment.
“Families will have the opportunity to tour the families and speak to educators about the programs we offer, so it’s a great opportunity for us to show you how passionate we are.
“Our mix of fun, structured learning and physical activity will help your child to have a sense of belonging and achievement as they apply their skills and build independence, setting them up for school and life.”