Raelene Bauman, Executive Director, TRCCS
This last month was Child Care Month here in BC, a time to celebrate quality child care.
Quality child care is not just providing space for a child. It means so much more than that. Caregivers’ provide healthy, nurturing environments where children can learn, interact and feel safe to explore the world around them.
So how does quality early learning and care benefit your child? As an Early Childhood Educator I understand the early years (0-6) are vital to a child’s future.
Research shows that important learning and brain development take place during these influential years. Many quality child care settings hold great value on play just as we do here at the Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society Preschool.
It’s through play that the children learn concepts, develop theories, and engage socially/emotionally and physically. Quality ECE programs goals are to provide a safe/ nurturing environment & programming that meets the needs of the whole child (cognitive, emotional/ social, physical and creative development). As they say it takes a village to raise a child. Child Care Providers not only care for children, but also build relationships with families, community members and organizations to support the child.
We present many learning areas & curriculum in our Preschool; science, table top toys/ manipulatives, blocks, sensory tables, dramatic play, art/music, library, outdoor time and group time, all of which allow children to acquire new skills or develop skills further. Let’s make some of the learning from these areas visible.
Science: learn how to ask questions, make predictions & draw conclusions, gather information, solve problems, think critically.
Manipulatives: help develop small motor skills (needed to print& cut), logical reasoning, eye hand coordination, self-help skills, sequencing, sorting/ classifying, number recognition, counting, associations between numbers & quantities, addition, subtraction.
Blocks: helps develop math skills, concept of shape/size, planning skills, spatial awareness, motor control, social interaction, imagination, strength/ coordination.
Sensory Table: helps to develop concept of volume & measurement, understanding of cause & effect, sensory awareness, fine motor skills, problem solving, sharing and cooperation.
Dramatic Play: helps develop oral language, decision making skills, cooperation & problem solving skills, self-expression, social skills, imagination and role playing.
Art/Music: prewriting skills, color/shape recognition, concepts of symmetry, creativity, self-expression, sense of accomplishment, rhythm, balance, coordination, gross/ fine motor.
Library: comprehension, literacy skills, print/ book awareness, vocabulary, letter recognition, associations between letters and sounds, listening skills.
Group Time: allows children to feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to share, listen/ participate in songs, stories, rhymes and games.
As a result of our child directed outlook children explore the environment gaining self-esteem and desire to learn for a lifetime. So next time you see a child at play, remember there’s more than meets the eye! Thank you to all the care providers in our community for all that you do!
Note from the editor: This was supposed to appear last month as part of Child Care Month, but we were unable to get it in. We apologize to the TRCCS for the lateness of the article.