Do you have a dedicated sensory room or space in your early learning environment? If you do, how have you approached it and what’s your rationale behind it? If you don’t, what’s been holding you back?
No matter where you’re at with your sensory room, we’ve put together this quick guide to give you some hints and ideas on creating a standout space.
“Imagination should be used, not to escape reality, but to create it.” This quote from the late philosopher and writer Colin Wilson perfectly sums up how important imagination is not just for a child’s creativity, but to develop important life skills.
Sustainability isn’t merely a marketing buzzword brands use to appeal to their environmentally conscious customers. It’s a way of living and doing things that are better for the planet and secure a better future for generations to come.
I’m no stranger to family businesses – in fact, my family business history dates back to 1969. We started out manufacturing corporate furniture, but as time went on, we saw a need in the market for good quality, locally made educational furniture. We were driven by the knowledge that children are the future of this nation and that they deserve the best resources.
‘Flash sale!’ Sale, sale, sale,!’ Last chance to shop 50% off!’ – These are just some of the enticing subject lines from big brands you see in your inbox every day.
How many times have you bought resources for your early learning environment for the sake of it because they’re on sale?
Chances are you’ve heard of the Reggio Emilia approach, but like anything in early learning, hearing new thoughts and ideas is a great way for you to explore theories and concepts deeper so the children you teach can reap the rewards.
There’s nothing more rewarding for an educator than seeing beautiful friendships and bonds form between the children in their early learning environment. For some children however, if they’re timid around others or apprehensive about being away from their parents, forming friendships can be difficult.
Family tours are a big deal. Some children and their families might feel excited about starting in an early learning environment, whereas others may feel a bit nervous. As we often say to children these days, they might be having “big feelings” about the transition.
When you’re looking for resources for your early learning centre (ELC), what do you consider?
Do you ensure you include the most recent toy fads? Perhaps you value sustainably made toys? Or are you looking for something that all age groups can enjoy?