"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." ~ Walt Streightiff
Our beautiful and busy Wild Things range in age from approximately 18 months – 2 years and we utilise primary care groups in this room. So at different times of the day the children play and explore in smaller groups. We have found that our smaller group environments support optimal educational and relationship outcomes for our children.
Toddlerhood is a critical time period for early brain development as important neural pathways are being developed. This brain development is influenced by all the experiences they are exposed to, so our Wild Things enjoy a wide variety of interesting, positive and engaging activities in small and whole group interactions as well as free play and quiet, restful times.
At this age children are filled with wonder for the world around them and are provided with many different resources and opportunities that encourage them to learn through play and experimentation. It is also the time when children are becoming their own individual person with their own ideas and interests and like to do things in their own way, in their own time. Our educators are mindful of this and children are given time and space to experience and try new things.
As our toddlers grow they seek out and accept new challenges, make new discoveries and celebrate their own efforts and achievements as well of those around them. Our educators ensure that all children experience pride in their attempts and achievements. They challenge and support children to engage in and persevere at tasks and play.
As our children develop their independence and social skills they are learning to interact with their peers and can be an emotionally challenging time. Our educators talk with children about their emotions and responses to events with a view to helping them understand how to communicate their feelings and needs to others and learn skills to solve problems they may be facing.
Wild Things share some of their indoor and verandah spaces at different times throughout the day with the Rainbow Fish group depending on the activities occurring. There is ample indoor space spread across 3 different sized rooms (fully air-conditioned) and a large verandah space. The children in the Wild Things love our beautiful large playground and outside exploration spaces.
There are 5 permanent educators that make up our wonderful Wild Things team. The team is led by Brooke who holds a Diploma of Early Childhood, and has 10+ years experience with children of all ages. Brooke was previously the Lead Educator of our Gumnut Babies group. Kate, who holds a Diploma studies and has been working at NT Explorers since we opened in 2013! Ari holds a Diploma and has 5+ years experience. Lizzy, holds a Certificate III, and Jess has a Cert III an is currently Diploma of Early Childhood with 6+ years experience.
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.
Children’s learning is underpinned by the Early Years Learning Framework and our Curriculum page contains further information about the framework and the documentation of children’s learning at NT Explorers.
Detailed records are kept each day to relay to families and include sleep times, nappy change/toileting information and food and fluid intake.