Lennox Head Preschool, April 19

The PaLs Program – (Playing and Learning to Socialise) has been a part of our preschool program for several years now. Each year we review its relevance and this year we have decided to implement it again. The lessons the children engage with for their social and emotional development have proven to be invaluable. 

The Program is designed to help young children develop a range of social behaviours that will help them develop and maintain respectful friendships. Jack, Anna and Kate (the Animal Puppets) need lots of support with this development also, and the children are engaged to problem solve the problems they are having. This is a 10 week program,  presented though story telling, song, games, role-play and activities. The educators and families work together to support these sessions incidentally throughout the day.

The first five sessions are about social specific skills: greeting others, taking turns, talking and listening, taking turns at play, sharing and asking for help. Sessions 6-10 are bout emotional development: identifying feelings, empathy, overcoming fear and anxiety, managing frustration and calming down and speaking up. 

We were the proud host to the ECA (NSW) North Coast Discussion Evening. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A robust discussion around the Assessment and Rating Process (A&R) while reflecting on each other’s experiences and developing understanding of the ‘themes.’ This evening is a collaboration of the local Early Childhood Services to support and empower each other through future A&R, as well as, provide feedback to our authorizing bodies.

Miss Michelle is off on Maternity Leave and we can’t wait to meet our newest family member.

Changes to Office Hours – Wednesday 8.30-3.30pm; Tues & Thurs 8am-9am & 3pm-4pm

Loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children. They are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.

Your play setting should encourage children to interact. Provide children with materials that have no fixed purpose. (E.g. boxes, hollow pipes, large pieces of material). This allows children to decide for themselves how the materials should be used. When you provide children with a large assortment of loose parts they are encouraged to problem solve, cooperate and build things with one another

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