Research has proved that the first years of life are critical for later learning and behaviour. At Essential Play, parents will be shown what are age appropriate milestones and what activities will stimulate their child’s development. Our programme is literature based, research has shown that by reading regularly to your child from an early age, language skills will readily develop, as will a love of reading! Every term we use a quality children’s’ book as a theme exploring the story, concepts and characters.
Children thrive on routine. They like to know “what is coming next”
and this in fact, helps with behaviour and learning.
This part of the class helps develop concentration, socialisation, confidence and self esteem. They will be enthused by our story box theme each week, eagerly waiting to discover its contents, whilst developing visualisation and imagination. Literacy and maths concepts are explored through play and music.
Each week the children will participate in an age appropriate craft/ art activity related to our literature theme. Using a wide variety of brushes, sponges, paint, mediums and techniques to develop fine motor strength in fingers and hands.
“School readiness is about being ready to learn!” although following a similar structure to the other age groups, (group, art, equipment and music time) these classes are about getting your child ready for school- fine motor skills, gross motor skills, eye tracking, coordination and social skills. These classes are aimed at developing “learning independence” where the child works independently for part of the class.