"Learning and Teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead they should embark together on a journey down the river" - Loris Malaguzzi
As a Reggio Emilia inspired centre, we at Starbright understand the vital importance that the environment and the commuinity has for a child's learning. We strive to give the learning back to the children and encourage them to research, investigate, experiment and explore the natural curiosity that children have for learning.
A safe, natural environment
We intend to provide a homelike environment for the children and families at Starbright Early Learning that is positive and caring for each child to grow, develop and learn at their own individual pace. A place where children can learn to value the many ways of life.
We work towards exposing children to the natural environment and endeavour to reflect this in our rooms and playscape.
We believe having a holistic approach will enhance children’s understanding of the natural environment and the connections between the people, plants, animals and the land.
Our Approach to learning
We believe that play is essential during the early years of a child’s life. They need to explore, imagine, create and discover. We aim to provide an enjoyable and challenging learning environment where children are encouraged to learn through play so they will enjoy learning throughout life. We believe that play is the avenue by which children learn to relate to others and the world around them. Most importantly they are having fun doing it.
Nuturing young minds
We believe in fostering children’s self-esteem, using praise and encouraging and acknowledging their efforts and achievements. We focus on helping children develop a strong sense of self, group social skills, a sense of wonder and discovery about the world around them.
We recognise the importance of guiding the children in a positive manner and listen to the children to better understand their needs and interests. We spend quality time to have meaningful conversations to understand families and children’s needs to provide continuity of care between home and the centre.
We believe in encouraging positive interactions between children, promoting co-operative behaviour and respect for other people’s feelings, needs and rights.
A child-led curriculum
We believe an active learning process can assist children to construct their own knowledge and understanding through learning at their own pace, building on their strengths, and following their interests. We will implement a curriculum that is flexible and based on individual choices of interests, use critical thinking skills, and allow for repetition and practice of skills allowing children to flourish and learn in an environment completely based upon their interests.
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