Toddler Enrichment Program – Kookaburras
Benefits of Toddler Enrichment
The Toddler sessions are a wonderful way to enjoy fun and interactive parent-toddler time with your child while also providing a stimulating social environment for your child to engage with other similar aged children. The bonds and friendships children can form with each other within this environment can allow for greater levels of comfort and security which can then be applied when engaging with other groups in the future.
These sessions are designed to encourage social interactions, provide familiarisation with the environment and further your child’s overall development. Individual goals are established through parent completion of a “Care Plan” for each child. These goals are then incorporated into the planning to ensure your child’s needs are being met and to assist furthering development.
The sessions are run by Melissa Manthey, a Diploma qualified Educator with 6 years’ experience, who also runs our 3 year old Kinder groups. This provides a very sound foundation for the smooth transition into 3 year old and/or 4 year old programs. All the Educators at Pinjarra and session planning are supported by our 2 wonderful and experienced Degree qualified Teachers, Joanne Leonard and Swapna Bhide.
Format of Session
There will be opportunities to join in activities such as play dough, imaginative play, painting and building blocks to provide the beginnings of social skills, language, fine motor and gross motor development and cognitive skills. There will also be group activities including stories, song and dance, plus snack time providing a progression of routines and structure in preparation for 3 year old Kinder.
Snack time is normally a prime time for parents to make connections with each other and to develop support groups and share experiences of times with your little ones.
Ages from 2 – 3 year old’s (must be 2 by end of April 2018 to attend)
Must have a parent/carer in attendance with child. No other siblings, though non-mobile babies may attend. This is for reasons of safety, room numbers and taking away from the experience for the enrolled children.
You’ll need to bring:
· Healthy snack
· Water bottle
· A bag to take home art work
· Spare clothing
· Weather appropriate clothing for outside play
We embrace and value parent participation at Pinjarra Kindergarten and the Toddler Enrichment Group sessions are especially designed to encourage interaction with your child.
Meeting other parents is another benefit of participation and we encourage connections with other parents both in sessions and through involvement in other Kinder events e.g. welcome and Christmas get togethers, annual Trivia Night and guest speakers. However, it is important to keep in mind the importance of the quality one on one time with your child in a fun and safe learning environment. For this reason, we ask that attendance is limited to the toddlers enrolled with their parents (babies in prams may attend while non-mobile).
A parent or carer must attend each week with their child with our Educator present to facilitate the running of the sessions.
We appreciate your active involvement with your child and the activities for the smooth running of the sessions and ask for your assistance in some duties including room and activity clean up. This allows fees to remain low and facilitates interaction and involvement with all at the session.
9:15am – 10:45am
You can find the information on how to enrol on our Enrolments page
You can find the information for the fees on our Fees page