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At Grantleigh, we provide a safe, nurturing environment where children are cared for and engaged in play-based developmental activities. Our classrooms are designed to encourage educational curiosity, while our playgrounds are equipped with play structures that inspire physical development through movement and play.
Early Learning and Development Areas
Our internally developed nursery school programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. The programme is designed to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through developmental activities and engaging play areas.
These ELDAs focus on aspects such as gross motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts. Learners also benefit from activities built around large soft bricks that form the important early foundations for later Robotics studies.
The development of curiosity and imagination in early childhood is vitally important to the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking later on. Therefore, we encourage playing with loose-parts and multi-purpose playthings, rather than single-purpose toys that don’t involve much imagination. Through loose-parts play, children use their natural curiosity to explore previously undiscovered fascinations such as stacking, rolling, sliding, fitting, colours, and more.
Developmental play areas
Children learn by interacting with the world around them. Therefore, our classrooms themselves are considered to be inanimate teachers of sorts. They are designed to allow maximum room for play and movement while being stimulating on a visual and tactile level.
Our fantasy room provides a themed play area where children learn to navigate real-life situations – such as going to a restaurant or going camping – thereby encouraging the development of language and social skills. An additional indoor play area allows a change in play space on days that the weather doesn’t allow outdoor play.
Our cognitive room poses challenges through puzzles and construction-based toys with the goal of letting children figure things out on their own. By resolving challenges themselves, children learn basic problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Our creative area allows children to work freely with paint, playdough and other drawing mediums. Recyclable materials are often used in creative art projects, which take place in the classroom as well as outdoors.
Our outdoor play areas include jungle gyms, play houses, see-saws, and more. These areas are designed to encourage physical play, and generally have synthetic grass to prevent allergic reactions. Children are taken outside to play on days with moderate weather conditions to prevent excessive cold or sunburn. Additional safety measures are taken on sunny days; these will be discussed with parents after enrolment.