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Program for children 6 months to 5 years

Program

In our Stepping Stones Montessori Long Day Care our children are grouped in ways that ensure they are well cared for and where their needs are met.  Language acquisition and the development of independence, concentration and movement are the educational focus for the children in our community.  Brain development is supported through the sensory experiences and the refinement of voluntary movement.  This is central to our program and our well-prepared environment supports this development by providing activities specifically designed around the sensitive periods of your child’s development.

 

6 months to 18 months

Our children are provided with a cozy, warm and nurturing atmosphere that is calm and that mirrors what usually characterizes the home environment.  There is a consistency of layout and order which helps each child to feel secure.  All of your child’s needs are catered for with areas for sleeping, active time, eating and physical care such as toileting and nappy changing.

 

18 months to 3 years

At this age of development, movement is at the very centre of a child’s life.  Your child will be involved in the exciting task of learning to move efficiently in their world.  Movement aids in discovering and reinforcing a variety of perceptual motor and academic concepts.  The strong correlation between movement and brain development is central to the activities we choose to place in this environment for our children.  It is through these actions that each child’s self-esteem, independence, concentration and confidence can emerge.

 

3 yrs to 5 yrs

The 3 to 5 yr old, in a cooperative and non-competitive environment, experiences the joy of learning and the acquisition of real self-discipline.  Through our individualised focus on your child, the careful preparation of the environment and the right guidance, we create a space where your child can be free to explore and experiment with their world.  Spontaneous activity in a respectful environment will not only foster independence but develop your child’s social skills repertoire.

 

Program

Language acquisition

Starting before birth and carrying on to approximately 3 years, the child is geared to effortlessly acquire spoken language which then forms the basis for the child’s literary skills.  Thereafter, the sensitive period for language continues as the child develops written language (writing and reading) until this highly sensitive period finishes around the age of 6-7 years.

 

Order

The sensitive period for Order is at its strongest during the ages between 6 months and 2 years, becoming less important thereafter.  This sensitivity for order helps the child to classify information in their world such as shades of red and differentiation in size.

 

Interest in small details

A special ability to notice the tiniest details exists between 18 months and 2 ½ years.  This is often manifested when looking at books or exploring nature.

 

Sensorial exploration

Sensorial

A sensitive period for nuances in sight, pitch, taste, smell and touch exists between birth and approximately 3 years of age.  Thereafter between 3 to 6 years (the Montessori preschool stage) this ability is refined.

 

Tactile exploration

Between approximately 2 – 3 years there is a heightened sensitivity for different experiences of touch.  This is referred to as the sensitive period for development of the stereognostic sense i.e. distinguishing shapes by touch alone.

 

Staff

Our staff are qualified, well trained and responsive towards meeting the needs of all children.  They work according to our organisation’s values of :

  • Commitment:  To the principles of the Montessori approach to early childhood development as well as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
  • Competence:  In delivering an excellent Montessori foundation to learning through the prepared environment and the Montessori materials
  • Community:  To work collaboratively with our parent and wider community to deliver quality childcare
  • Care & Respect:  For the environment, the community and for each other

Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement,
the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.

Maria Montessori


Movement is another of the child’s great acquisitions.

Maria Montessori


A place of beauty,simplicity and order. A place where they feel secure to trust their own powers.

Maria Montessori


The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment.

Maria Montessori


A child’s work is to create the man he will become. An adult works to perfect the environment but a child works to perfect himself.

Maria Montessori


Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success.

Maria Montessori


The child who has never learned to act alone, to direct his own actions, to govern her own will, grows into an adult who is easily led and must always lean upon others.

Maria Montessori


Focus on the child’s needs within the context of family by recognising and responding to the unique influence that a family has in a child’s life; by working in partnership with families in meeting the child’s individual needs.

Maria Montessori