“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
ABOUT OUR CENTRE
At Helping Hands we model developmentally appropriate practices on a daily basis. Driven by a high standard for excellence each staff member brings a unique blend of education and experience to the classroom.
Our staff is truly committed to putting their knowledge of child care theory into practice. A vital part of our organization is exploring how children develop and learn, and identifying and creating learning environments that best match each child’s abilities through developmental tasks.
The Importance Of Play
Play is an essential part of every child’s development. Through play, children learn and develop a number of developmental skills. Some of these developmental skills include
Fine-motor and manipulation skills are developed repeatedly throughout the day; while a child builds a tower of Legos or colours a bird flying in the sky. When throwing and catching a ball, a child practices hand-eye coordination and the ability to grasp.
Interpersonal/social skills, ranging form communication to cooperation, develop in play. Staff foster peer interactions and adult/child interactions on a daily basis, supporting communication, empathy and social awareness.
Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Music is with the children consistently throughout the day whether it’s a tidy up song, or playing softly in the background or two friends are playing stele-ella-ola.
Gross-motor skills such as walking, kicking, skipping, jumping and coordination are fostered through various games and activities such as dancing, riding bikes and playing with balls.
Children practice and develop language skills during play. Staff foster children’s language development through holding conversations and asking open ended questions that encourage the children to expand on their own thoughts and interests.
Movement and play are important in children’s lives, critical to all aspects of their growth and development. A physical education program provides opportunities for all students to learn while being physically active.
The child’s cognitive capacity is enhanced in play by trial and error, problem solving, and practice discriminating between relevant and irrelevant information to often reach an end goal.
Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. Creativity is nurtured through both spontaneous and planned creative activities, where children have the ability to express themselves freely.
On a daily basis staff provide an interactive environment by reading stories, singing songs and teaching finger plays in individual and large group activities.