Home' Central Canterbury News : August 15th 2012 Contents 18 CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, AUGUST 15, 2012
Education and Care
• Children learn through play
• Children can lead their own play and need freedom to
choose from a wide range of activities
• With mixed age sessions (0-6yrs) children have a range
of experiences playing and socialising with others
• We provide a free education programme for parents
• Extended whanau are welcome and included
Rolleston: ph 347 2430, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunsandel: ph 027 486 3169, email email@example.com
Prebbleton: ph 027 538 7752, email firstname.lastname@example.org
West Melton: ph 027 265 2702, email email@example.com
Tai Tapu: ph 329 6210, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wha-nau tupu nga-tahi - families growing together
For enquiries and enrolment forms,
contact 347 4474 or email email@example.com
Bright Beginnings Montessori is a family focused centre
with caring, fun loving staff.
We are a well resourced and structured environment
dedicated to the development and education of our children
to give them the best available start on their educational
Our aim is to provide the ability for our children to reach
their full potential and to bring that child to their highest
possible intellectual, moral and cultural level, with a high
focus on literacy and numeracy at their own pace, while
still having fun. We take the children on outings throughout
the year and have people visit the centre to coincide with
the children's interest.
Bright Beginnings is purpose built on a 5000m² site
providing space indoors and outdoors for a wide variety
of activities. With a high teacher/child ratio of 1:4 for
under two year olds and 1:5 for over two year olds
ensuring impressive individual attention and strong
teacher child relationships.
Bright Beginnings Montessori Preschool and Nursery
operates from 7.30am to 5.30pm throughout the year
except for a break at Christmas.
Enquiries and enrolments are most welcome.
• Over 2's - 1:5 preschool • Under 2's - 1:4 nursery
We cater for children from birth to 6 years
• Fantastic Rural Outlook • 27 car parks
We are situated on
Ellesmere Junction Road
and we offer a warm
Feel free to come and visit anytime
to discuss your childs education
Lincoln Child care and Pre-school
Lincoln University 325-2287 | firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide excellent child to teacher ratios
We currently, have spaces available for both
our under 2 and over 2 sides
• First 4 weeks FREE
• 20 ECE Hours is FREE
• Excellent child/staff ratios
37 Tennyson St,
Ph 347 4400
A place to
learn and grow
Check out our website
the child's pace
Growing up: It is important that parents adjust their thinking to the realities of their children's development.
We should keep in mind that
cognitive development does not
happen in a vacuum but can be
influenced by other factors, such as
social and emotional development.
Jean Piaget, the most popular theorist
on cognitive development, taught that
infants also develop through reflexes.
These reflexes allow them to co-
ordinate vision with grasping and
understand that things that seem to
disappear don't really go away.
Because of this understanding, they
can begin to develop the insight
necessary for simple problem-solving.
The toddler has learned to explore
his world and he knows the basics of
how to manoeuvre his own body. Now
he can build on that physical universe
with imaginary skills.
According to Piaget, cognitive
development for preschoolers is
intuitive, so that they are looking below
the surface to know the why and how
of everything. However, they tend to
see things based on only one
associated characteristic. For example,
if your preschooler is putting puzzle
pieces together, she may choose to
match shape or colour but not both.
Once children arrive at kindergarten
stage, they've built a repertoire of
cognitive skills and memory. However,
Piaget tells us that they still think in
largely magical terms. This means they
do not use logic. Their reasoning is still
mostly symbolic, so that if your child is
putting two apples together, it may be
because this makes his teacher smile or
because the apples like to be together,
rather than because he is trying to
make 1 plus 1 equal 2.
Piaget believed cognitive skills
develop over the years through the use
of two primary processes -- assimilation
and accommodation. He defined
assimilation as the process of changing
the environment to fit into pre-existing
thoughts, and accommodation as the
process by which we change our
thinking to work with the environment.
Given that premise, the most important
thing you as a parent can remember
about cognitive skills is to
accommodate your thinking to the
realities of your child's development,
instead of asking her to fit into your
ideas of what a child should do.
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