Indoor Play Spaces
The centre has six areas designed to support different learning and social needs. All rooms are accessed by all ages. Teachers and educators are positioned in spaces, allowing them to work with all children over time; and develop the space to meet growing interests. Children accessing a variety of rooms supports real agency and independence. It is important that children are able to make decisions about who with, and where, they spend their time. We believe that being in the same room every day, with the same people, is socially and emotionally limiting; and does not allow for the fullest development of individual capabilities and abilities.
The Nest is a quiet room and is used for imaginative play, soft dance routines, reading, puzzles and games; and larger group meetings. Around mid day, environmental cues tell the children that the room is used for rest because that is when they are generally tired.
The room becomes darker; and soft lighting and music come on. Younger children use The Nest as their home base and keep their bags and other belongings in this room. The Nest also has its own 'dark room', complete with light table and resources to explore light and shadow.
The Studio is a very creative outlet, a space filled with free access art materials for children to use to express their ideas. Educators in the studio also plan experiences designed to provoke children's explorations of art, as well as build on current skills and concepts.
Children are supported to be respectful in The Studio and to clean up after their work.
The Den is where our older children store belongings and access their lunchboxes. Our cosy library is also housed in The Den and offers a large range of story books and other literary resources for use by children, or with a teacher as part of the daily program.
The Den might also host cooking experiences and targeted art experiences such as clay work.
The Lab is designed for exploration and discovery experiences; and is generally facilitated by our two Kindergarten teachers. Kindergarten experiences also travel across other spaces. For example, the teachers might use the The Hob to support children in exploring concepts like planning a city, or building a habitat for wild animals; or move into The Nest for a yoga session; or plan a cooking experience in The Den.