"Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside - children have their own agendas and timescales. As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them. We need to hear their voices." ~ Cathy Nutbrown
Our inquisitive and busy group of Hungry Caterpillars range in age from 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years and we utilise primary care groups. So at varioius times throughout the day the children are split into smaller groups. We have found that our smaller group environments support optimal educational and relationship outcomes for our children.
At this stage children begin to have a greater understanding of social skills and are developing a much greater sense of independence and what they are capable of. Our educators model communication strategies to support children to initiate interactions and join in play and social experiences in ways that sustain positive relationships with other children. Learning environments are organised in ways that promote small group interactions and play experiences.
The children are also starting to follow and extend their own interests with enthusiasm and concentration. Our educators listen carefully to children’s ideas and discuss with them how these ideas might be developed. Opportunities are provided for children to revisit their ideas and extend their thinking.
Play is the method through which children learn, develop and acquire skills and knowledge. Our educators provide many and varied opportunities to engage in play in all of its forms with freedom to explore and experiment which ensures that your child has the opportunity to develop to their full potential in all areas.
Our Curriculum page contains further information about the framework and the documentation of children’s learning at NT Explorers.
There is ample indoor space spread across 2 different sized rooms (fully air-conditioned) and a large verandah space. The children in the Hungry Caterpillars love our beautiful large playground and outside exploration spaces.
There are 4 permanent Educators that make up our wonderful Hungry Caterpillars team. Our Group Leader is Ella (also our centre 2IC), who holds a Diploma qualification and 11+ years experience working with all ages. Our other wonderful room educators are; Pracilla - holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood, 10+ years experience working with all ages; Aimee - 10+ years experience working with all ages; David covers breaks in the room as well as Fox in Sock and holds a Diploma qualification with 10+ years experience in early childhood. David have been working at NT Explorers since we opened in 2013!
Children's learning and development is documented daily and includes information about children’s thinking, understandings and interests, evidence of creations, interactions and conversations, friendships and relationships, and developmental milestones. This information is summarised in an E-Book that is provided to families at the end of each Term. Children’s progress is referenced against the Learning Outcomes set out in the Early Years Learning Framework. Photos are displayed throughout the room of activities and experiences that have been enjoyed at the centre.
Detailed records are kept each day to relay to families and include sleep/rest times, toileting information and food and fluid intake.