WHEN YOU ENTER LAUREL PLAY GARDENS YOU WILL FEEL A CHANGE OF PACE AND ATMOSPHERE. SET IN A BUILDING PAINTED IN LIGHT-FILLED
COLORS, ADJOINED BY A LOVELY PEACEFUL GARDEN, OUR SCHOOL MAKES TIME FOR CHILDREN TO ENJOY THEIR LEARNING JOURNEY.
OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF ENSURE THAT CHILDREN ARE NOT RUSHED, OVER-STIMULATED, OVER-SCHEDULED OR TURNED INTO MINI-ADULTS.
Our program is designed so that the children under seven are allowed space to develop the necessary skills that will form the foundations for lifelong learning. Mixed age groups of 2 to 6 year olds, an emphasis on domestic, artistic and craft activities and warm supportive encouragement from teachers helps to emulate a lively extended family where children can learn through imitation – the easiest and most holistic way to learn.
Here, the children
Sing, paint, draw and move to music
Listen to stories told in rich and imaginative language, create puppet shows and little plays
Help prepare their daily healthy, organic snack
Plant and harvest and tend the gardens
Sew, craft and use simple tools
Holidays, so significant in creating community, are a major part of school life with parents joining in to share their own rich and varied spiritual and
And of course, they play. No other activity is given as much support.
The cycle of life observed in nature supports the development of the child's inborn scientific curiosity. Combined with the loving care of their teachers, children grow through gentle nurturing, giving them the best possible start in life.
We often involve the children in the preparation of the mid-morning snack, enabling them to truly engage with whatever we eat together later on. The food may have come from our gardens, or we will have mixed and prepared ingredients together. At snack time when the table is laid, helped by little hands, we all sit together for a social time of sharing.
Rain or shine, our gardens and surrounding areas are used every day allowing the child a healthy time of play both inside and out in the fresh air. Rain gear and boots required!
Ready to learn
By the time the children leave kindergarten, at the age of 6, they are well prepared for formal learning. Reading, writing and mathematics require a range of skills that are developed by kindergarten activities.
The children’s cognitive development is supported by the use of rich language – through songs, rhymes, and stories – which, in turn, develop their memory skills. Active listening is also enhanced through storytelling.
Mathematical concepts and language are used in connection to daily life – through counting spoons and bowls for snack, for example, or weighing oats for making apple crumble, or through enjoyable counting games and rhymes. Children develop math skills by experiencing the concrete. This lays a foundation for more abstract understanding as they progress in their education.
Activities including sewing and crafts help the development of hand-eye coordination and dexterity, while garden time provides an opportunity for the children to develop their gross motor skills.
Uninterrupted creative play provides the children with opportunities for developing their imagination and concentration.
Through play, children explore and investigate, as well as learn social customs and qualities like sharing, respect and empathy. Equipped with these skills, children leaving kindergarten at the age of 6, are not only ready to learn, but they will want to learn."