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Active Learners Childhood Care


 

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Philosophy

Philosophy

Active Learners is dedicated to encouraging curious lifelong learners who are full of wonder and questions.

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Learn Through Play

Play is associated with the development of intellectual skills and understandings.

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Play is associated with the development of intellectual skills and understandings. When children play they use imagination and imitation which requires complex intellectual processes. Through play children are able to integrate emotions, thinking, and motivation that establish neural connections critical to effective brain functioning.

At Active Learners the teachers work hard to create secure, safe, and challenging environments that promote play opportunities and learning as we strongly believe this is fundamental for achieving and maintaining quality early childhood education programmes. To achieve this we provide equipment and resources which children can use in multiple ways to promote exploration and creativity.

Active Learners is dedicated to encouraging curious lifelong learners who are full of wonder and questions.

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Education & Care

The early years are the most important for children’s growth, learning and development.

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The early years are the most important for children’s growth, learning and development. Active Learners is committed to providing high quality programmes that recognise the integral partnerships between family/whanau and our teachers. Our programmes reflect and respect the background and experiences our children bring to the Centre.

Teachers work cooperatively with family/whanau to provide inclusive, engaging experiences that use the child’s potential, strengths and languages. Active Learners teachers value the child as strong and capable of constructing their own learning. The adult is not a giver of knowledge but instead listens, observes, finds what interests them and then provides opportunities to explore further.

Teachers provide a meaningful curriculum emerged from children’s interests and questions. These inquiries form a springboard for investigation integrating numeracy, literacy, scientific inquiry, artistic expression and social interaction.

Underpinning all that we do is the provision of a caring, safe and supportive environment. Our teachers know how to relate to children and ensure they are nurtured as you would at home. They take delight in children’s projects, play and interactions.

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Professional Team

Research shows that the more qualified staff centres have, the higher the quality of care and learning for children.

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Research shows that the more qualified staff centres have, the higher the quality of care and learning for children. A mixture of Degree and Diploma qualified staff ensures that programs are based on current knowledge, that children’s social, emotional and intellectual development needs are met and also provides leadership to other staff. At Active Learners nearly 90% of our staff holds either Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates and keep up to date with developments in early childhood learning through undertaking regular professional development.

Our staff are committed professionals dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, stimulating learning environment that holistically extends children's individual interests and learning.

Children, parents/whanau and teachers are empowered through positive communication and support, thus building reciprocal relationships affirming our community of learners.

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Reggio Emilia

Active Learners is influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy which is an educational approach.

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Active Learners is influenced by the Reggio Emilia philosophy which is an educational approach focused on preschool and primary education. It was developed after World War II by a teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy. Following the war, people believed that children were in need of a new way of learning.

The assumption of Malaguzzi and the parents was that people form their own personality during early years of development and that children are endowed with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas. The aim of this approach is teaching how to use these symbolic languages (eg., painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life.

The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

For more information go to http://www.aneverydaystory.com/beginners-guide-to-reggio-emilia/main-principles/

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Physical Activity

Physical activity is important to many aspects of child health and development.

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Physical activity is important to many aspects of child health and development. Here at Active Learners we support children’s growth and wellbeing by providing safe, supervised yet unstructured spaces for active play, where children and their peers can engage in physical activity of their own design. This increases physical activity levels and promotes imagination, social interaction, and the ability to learn and practice skills independently.

Children also engage in teacher led physical challenges, including cricket, ripper rugby, soccer, basketball, obstacle courses, group games (for example, egg and spoon, and sack races), and Jiggle Jam which is undertaken daily. Jiggle Jam is a fusion of dance and fitness disciplines along with cultural interpretations that capture the look, attitude, posture and elements of aerobics and fitness, designed specifically to motivate children to move and enjoy exercise. It teaches and introduces children to timing, rhythm, counting, cross crawling patterning, coordination, imagery, directionality, fine and gross motor skills, indigenous cultural movements, Maori language, moderate to vigorous cardiovascular fitness, a mat routine for posture and upper body exercises and gentle movements for hand eye coordination, balance and calmness.

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our centre founders

Founders’ Biographies

Rachel Garden
PhD.; M.Ed.; B.A.; Post Grad. Dip. Educ.; (Secondary Teaching); Cert. Theol.
& Annie Avenell
M.Ed (Literacy); B.Ed; Dip. Teach (Primary)

Annie Avenell and Rachel Garden founded Active Learners Timaru mid way through 2012. Since that time they have purchased Active Learners Leeston and are in the process of building a new Active Learners at Kaiapoi.

Annie and Rachel’s vision for Active Learners is underpinned by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and their own understanding of the importance of the early years. They bring a combined wealth of experience to Active Learners. This experience ranges from teaching the early years through to primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, and encompasses other roles that include education advisors, heads of departments, and deputies and principals of primary and secondary schools. Annie has a Master’s degree in Educational Studies (Literacy) and Rachel has a Doctorate in Education examining academic excellence.

They believe in valuing the potential of the child by helping them communicate with the world using all of their strengths and languages. Co-responsible partnership with parents, whanau, and the community are also very important to them. Annie and Rachel believe that cooperation is a powerful mode of working that makes it possible to achieve the vision they have for the Centre, thus, partnerships between parents, children, and teachers is an essential component of the programme offered at Active Learners.

Rachel and Annie place importance on professional development for their staff. They do not consider their teachers as protective babysitters teaching basic skills to children but, rather, see them as learners along with the children. Thus, teachers are supported, valued for their experience and ideas, and seen as researchers. To this end, all staff are encouraged to regularly participate in professional development.

Why choose Active Learners?

Annie and Rachel have very strong educational principles that they have developed from their own research and experience that focuses on quality of care and exemplary educational outcomes for children. They view the image of the child as rich in experiences, capable, and competent. The Active Learners programme emerges from children’s interests and is developed through on-going negotiation involving teachers, children, and parents. These interests provoke children’s inquiry process for the project based learning that occurs in all Active Learners Centres.

Active Learners is dedicated to promoting quality care and education for young New Zealanders. Each child’s learning and development is a shared process and Active Learners looks forward to sharing this exciting educational adventure with you.

 


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