Campbell House News
The Nature of Relationships
The beginning of the School year has seen the children of the Waratah Room begin to establish and develop their relationships with each other, their educators and their new environment.
Whilst the children begin to familiarise themselves with their new environment, routines and expectations, educators have focused on developing relationships with each child and understanding each child’s uniqueness and individuality.
Positive relationships in the classroom environment help children to feel safe, secure, supported and ready for learning, therefore highlighting the importance of developing these connections at this stage of the year. We encourage children to become curious and confident learners and, as relationships continue to strengthen, we look forward to watching these dispositions for learning grow within each child.
Waratah Room Teacher
To all the families who attended the Campbell House Information Evening, we extend our sincere thanks. We trust you feel comfortable and informed about the educational and pastoral programs ahead for your son or daughter in the ELC in 2017. In the knowledge that parents are extremely busy, we appreciate your attendance at such functions.
We never underestimate the confidence and capabilities of young learners. Staff in Campbell House carefully acquaint themselves as soon as possible with each of their students and craft programs and activities set to nurture and foster children’s innate curiosity, competence and eagerness to learn.
“The wider range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers and adults.”
Loris Malguzzi (20th century)
Italian Early Education specialist.
Quoted in The Hundred Languages of Children,
Setting Up Future Growth and Learning
In a recent Blue Ribbon article, the Early Years Learning Framework (National Curriculum) known as the EYLF was mentioned.
The EYLF provides strong guidelines within which we strive through the use of the Reggio Emilia approach – the two are excellent partners – to set our learners on a journey which will see strong, positive development in all of the key areas so essential for healthy growth and personal satisfaction. All the indicators about the importance of the formative years are well documented.
Setting the stage both at home and school, for positivity, self-worth, respect and the thrill of personal achievements, is critical and Campbell House staff passionately work towards doing just that.
The five key outcomes of the EYLF form the basis of major Foundations:
- Children have a strong sense of identity
- Children are connected and contribute to their community
- Children have a strong sense of well being
- Children are confident and involved learners
- Children are effective communicators