Competence for Children

A PLACE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS

FROEBEL offers children of different backgrounds space and time to learn how to live together and cooperate amicably and in harmony. Each child experiences appreciation in collaborative planning of daily activities, in dealing with different interests and resolution of conflicts. Children learn to take responsibility, get familiar with diverse social backgrounds and religions, and develop curiosity, openness, understanding, and tolerance in a multicultural society.

SPACE AND TIME FOR DEVELOPMENT

Children need various stimulating challenges so that they can learn with joy, keep up their curiosity, and feel a sense of pride about what they have learned and achieved. We provide your child with opportunities to explore the world, to experiment, cooperate and review through play and interaction with her or his peers. Every child deserves time, space and competent support through qualified early childhood educators. Resources and equipment at our centre are being selected in consideration of the needs of children.

Each child develops differently. The observation of your child and the evaluation of her or his developmental progress are core elements of our team’s professional work. Observations allow our teachers to support your child’s learning and development individually and in the best possible way. Results of observations are carefully documented and form the basis for regular consultations with your as a parent or guardian.

A PLACE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SENSES AND CREATIVITY

FROEBEL is a place where children can develop their senses and their creativity. Music, the expressive arts and construction are important means of human expression. They help us achieve inner balance and peace. Children’s creative abilities and extraordinary perception blossom into their very own understanding of the world, influenced by the development of feelings and physical sensitivities.

Music equally stimulates thinking, feeling and interaction; it is an integral element of human culture and „the language of the world“. Music has a positive influence on the mental, spiritual and emotional development of children. From birth singing and humming is an intuitive form of communication between mother and baby.

The expressive arts as well as building and constructing belong to the essential needs of human beings and are essential early activities for your child. Construction processes are cognitive processes and have shown to benefit the mental and physical development.

A PLACE FOR DISCOVERY, SCIENCE AND NATURE

Children are curious by nature. FROEBEL introduces the understanding and development of mathematical and scientific connections and fosters interest and talents in natural sciences and technology through:

  • giving every child time and space to discover, research, construct and experiment on their own,
  • consciously introducing Friedrich Fröbel’s acclaimed „ Fröbelgaben“ (Fröbel gifts), consisting - amongst others - of a ball, cylinder, cube and cone,
  • providing various everyday materials to be used for play, and
  • discovering nature and the environments together with the children, e.g. on our weekly Little Scientist’s Day.

A PLACE FOR MOVEMENT AND PROMOTION OF GOOD HEALTH

Children naturally want to move and be active. Movement and the related sensory perceptions are both basis and catalyst for life experience and learning processes. Sport and movement activities are integral parts of our daily program (e.g. weekly Yoga and Tennis for Kids classes). Our educators encourage children to assess the need for activity and relaxation for themselves.

Health and nutrition are essential elements of the physical and mental well-being and growth of a child. We offer healthy, nutritious, age appropriate meals. Our weekly menu respects individual dietary requirements. Education on health and nutrition related themes are an important part of our early learning programs. We participate in the Munch & Move program of the NSW Government. Our centres are also Asthma Friendly Children’s Services, accredited by the Asthma Foundation NSW, and recognised as “SunSmart” for our best practice sun protection policies and procedures.

“One of the most significant responsibilities that [early childhood] professionals have is to support children to retain the sense of awe and wonder that they are born with, to add to that a desire to nurture and protect what is beautiful, and to encourage them to appreciate that there are many possibilities for honouring life and wonders that the world holds.” Anne Stonehouse