Linking Home to Angels
Good childcare flourishes by design with teamwork between the parents/whanau and staff and it is this that will essentially benefit your child sensitively and appropriately throughout their developing years.
At Angels, we have worked extremely hard to maintain consistent routines and experiences for children across home and childcare.
This is particularly important for these two reasons - elements of familiarity can relieve children's anxiety about seperating from their family, particularly while they are settling into care and continuity helps children to predict what is going to happen next and encourages them to feel as though they have a sense of control over what is occurring in their environment. This empowers children and supports their developing independence.
Pictures & Words
The development of writing in early childhood is a combination of both mental and physical progression. Mentally, a child is developing their skills of concentration, memory and language. Physically, they are developing the fine motor skills necessary to use the muscles in their fingers and hands for writing and drawing. Early childhood writing skills are best developed when a parent or caregiver provides opportunities for practice, such as providing materials for making cards or writing notes.
Around 4-5 years of age, a child’s version of writing will include both pictures and words. They reach an important intellectual ability that includes holding an image in their brain long enough to transfer it to a piece of paper. They will make creations and be able to label them, and may even plan writing or drawings ahead of time. Their writing skills at Angels will continue to be fine tuned as they progress towards transitioning on to school.