It is well documented that children learn best through experiences they are interested in. Therefore, to actively engage a child in learning activities, early learning centres often now offer a range of hands-on experiences to allow children to explore and learn through play.
Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Mermaid Waters has chosen to place this at the core of their philosophy, to best enhance every child’s learning journey.
“We have skilled educators who specialise in supporting children to learn through experiences that interest them,” explains Caroline Macfarlane, Centre Director at Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Mermaid Waters. “This way we can cater for each and every child, no matter where their exploration takes them that day.”
One of the most successful activities this innovative centre has implemented so far is their gardening program.
Why gardening is important in an early learning centre
“Research has shown the educational benefits from gardening experiences is remarkable,” says Caroline. “Our Gardening Club is hugely popular, and supports children to develop new skills, gain confidence and have fun.”
“Through caring for plants, children learn responsibility and respect for the environment,” continues Caroline. “Children have the opportunity to learn about the science of plants, animals, nutrition and weather. During this experience the children are physically active. They are also open to trying new foods that they have helped to grow together.”
Gardening not only educates children in caring for plants, but also teaches them sustainable practices, learning to grow food, and how that makes it to the table.
“Mr Rick, our Chef, regularly requires fresh herbs from the garden for his recipes,” says Caroline. “One afternoon he asked the children if they could help him pick fresh rosemary to include in the roast beef he was preparing. The children were more than happy to join him! They took a trip to the Junior Kindy herb gardens together to cut the herbs for the meal. Mr Rick spoke to the children about what he was using them for and the children couldn’t wait to taste the end product! Expanding on this, the children explored concepts such as sustainable practices and science concepts.”
For more information on Sanctuary Early Learning Adventure Mermaid Waters,
call (07) 5551 6711 or visit sanctuarylearning.com.au