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We believe that children thrive in a
settled and structured environment and
parents are often attracted by the
atmosphere of calm cooperation.
The Centre's philosophy is entirely family-
focused, existing to support children and
their families -- and this is perhaps its
The centre values literacy and numeracy
highly, and children aged from four years
are fully transitioned into school-ready
routines, structures and expectations.
We provide a balanced, imaginative and
exciting preparation for life at primary
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.
• First 4 weeks FREE
• Flexible booking hours
• Excellent child/staff ratios
37 Tennyson St,
Ph 347 4400
A place to
learn and grow
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QUALITY Before & After School Care
& Holiday Programme
Winner of Best New OSCAR Programme
in New Zealand 2011 AND
Most Outstanding OSCAR Programme 2012
Venues: Rolleston Lincoln Springston Templeton Leeston
Contact us or see our website for more information
and enrolment forms.
Hours: 7.30am - 6pm
Ph. 03 347 3031 or 021 155 3341
PO Box 69201, Lincoln, Canterbury 7640
Lincoln Childcare and Pre-school
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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
Insights into how young learn to think
Understanding learning: It is important to be in touch with how your child thinks
in the early stages of life, so you can reinforce at home the learning that is
taking place at school.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
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 of thinking.
Many people are interested in
what parents can do at home to
enhance their children's experiences
Most parents feel this need, but
are unsure how to go about it.
The best thing is to obtain
guidance from the school, which
means sitting down with a teacher
and asking questions about your
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, the most popular
theorist on cognitive development,
taught that infants also develop
These reflexes allow them to co-
ordinate vision with grasping, and to
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-
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
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
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
Given that premise, the most
important thing you can do as a
parent is to remember about
cognitive skills and accommodate
your thinking to the realities of your
child's development, instead of
asking her to fit into your pre-
existing ideas of what a child should
be able to do.
However, again, talk to your
child's teacher and you can put
together some practical strategies.
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