The 2 to 3.5 year old room, the Muk Muk room, at John Street is one of increasing independence. The children in this room are assisted, nurtured and encouraged by educators towards achieving this increasing independence through interacting at the experiences provided and throughout the routine times. We know that learning can and should take place at all times of the day so along with the learning experiences provided, educators encourage developing toileting skills and other self-help skills by making routine times a relaxed and integral part of the day. Educators view each aspect of the day as an important opportunity to extend and enhance the child’s knowledge and understanding of their immediate environment.
The educators in this room are sensitive to each child as an individual and assist them to achieve their desired goal whilst maintaining the child’s respect and offering their full support at all times. There is a strong focus on the use of language throughout the day so the children’s emerging communication skills can be supported as they practice their new found skills.
The Muk Muk children are introduced to a weekly Music and Movement session on Tuesday mornings. We are very fortunate to have a teacher from Mangala Dance Studio and this has proven to be a very enjoyable and popular time for all involved.
On Wednesday afternoons, coaches from Mini Monstars, take the children through some sporting activities and exercises, at Frank King Park, on Bell Street. As this is an outside program, it only runs in Term 1 and 4.
We also have a specialist singing teacher, with early-childhood qualifications, who provides sessions with all of the children across the Centre on a Friday. Throughout the year these children go from dependant toddlers who want to do everything for themselves but are not quite capable to very confident and increasingly independent young children.