Home' Central Canterbury News : November 14th 2012 Contents 6 CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, NOVEMBER 14, 2012
• 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
Bright Beginnings Montessori Pre
School and Nursery Centre has
a very appropriate name, as the
children who attend there receive a
balanced, imaginative and exciting
preparation for life at primary
The Centre's philosophy is entirely
family-focused, existing to support
children and their families -- and this
is perhaps its biggest strength.
The aim is to provide a well-
resourced and structured
environment which is designed to
bring out each child's potential,
and to bring them to higher
possibilities intellectually, morally
The centre values literacy and
numeracy highly, and children aged
from four years are fully transitioned
into school-ready routines,
structures and expectations.
Montessori schools are worldwide
and renowned for a learning
child's different needs, interests
and abilities, and adheres to Maria
Montessori in "an education that
prepares for life."
There is very much a team approach
at the centre with teachers able
to focus on their prime role in
an environment that encourages
the best skills they can produce.
They also believe that children
thrive in a settled and structured
environment and parents are often
attracted by the atmosphere of
The huge 3800 square metre
playground is set up so that while
there are plenty of activities in
place, there is room for free play
and opportunities for discovery.
One spot has been designated
a 'discovery corner' -- left in its
natural state, and much loved by
The idea is to have an outside area
that has something for everyone,
where children can create, share,
learn to work and play together as
well as grow in all sorts of ways.
Well staffed (14 in all), the centre
functions like a big family.
FOR ALL ENQUIRIES
Contact Sarah/Helen on
347 4474 or email
• Over 2s 1:5 preschool
• Under 2s 1:4 nursery • Fantastic rural outlook
• 27 car parks
We cater for children
from birth to 6 years.
Lincoln Childcare and Pre-school
Lincoln University 325-2287 | firstname.lastname@example.org
We are situated on
Ellesmere Junction Road
and we offer a warm
Feel free to come and visit anytime
to discuss your child's education
We provide excellent child to teacher ratios
We currently have spaces available for both our under 2 and over 2 sides
BURNHAM NURSERY & PRESCHOOL
We believe in educating with care‛
We are a community based not-for-profit centre offering:
• Friendly, motivated and caring staff • Excellent staff:child ratios
• Separate buildings for the Preschool and Nursery with their own wonderful outdoor play areas.
• All meals are provided and cooked on site daily.
Open: Monday -- Friday 7.30am -- 5.30pm
3 Nursery Lane, Burnham • Ph: 3476 874 • Email: email@example.com
Education and Care
Brain growth: Parents must accommodate their thinking to the realities of child development.
It is always fascinating to watch the
way in which young children learn
and grow, their interactions with the
world around them and their
attempts to make sense of what they
hear, see and feel -- the development
We should keep in mind that
cognitive development does not
happen in a vacuum, but can be
influenced by factors such as social
and emotional development.
Jean Piaget, a 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 do not 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 have built
a repertoire of cognitive skills and
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.
Links Archive November 7th 2012 November 21st 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page