At Explorers, we like to give our children a little bit EXTRA. Our Extras Program has been created to enhance our educational program and expose the children to opportunities for learning in specialised areas. All attending children have the opportunity to participate in our Extras program.
Gardening & Sustainability Program
At Explorers, we value the importance of living sustainably for the planet’s environmental health and recognise the learning and development benefits experienced when children interact and care for their natural environment. We are proud to offer a complimentary Gardening & Sustainability program for all children, which is run by our in-house Sustainability officer.
This program involves many ongoing hands on projects which all children are invited to participate in. Included is:
- Growing, caring for and harvesting our own fruit and vegetables in the community garden. The produce is then used in cooking or taken home to families
- Actively use the centre’s worm farms and compost bins
- Utilise recycle stations which families are encouraged to contribute to
- Teach children how to reduce food waste and act sustainably
For more information on our environmental practices and values click here.
We believe we have a great opportunity to bring foreign languages into the lives of Explorers children. Our French teacher teaches weekly language classes to call children.
During the classes the children learn the language through stories, songs, dances and many other activities.
Language has many great benefits for children. Some of these benefits include:
- An appreciation for other cultures, people and styles of communication
- Improved problem solving skills
- Improved critical thinking skills
- More flexibility of mind
- Enhanced memory
- Increased creativity
Music & Movement Program
Our Music & Movement program is designed to help children’s physical and social wellbeing. Our resident Music and Movement teacher encourages a highly active class and involves the children in various music, dance and movement experiences.
The program involves:
- Live music
- Instrument play – helping to develop motor skills an ability to listen to friends
- Use of tactile items, engaging all senses
- Dancing for coordination and peer awareness
- Singing – helping children become confident in using their voices
- Song writing – fostering expression and literacy
Every child that attends Explorers is provided the opportunity to undergo a screening with our qualified Speech Pathologist, Leanne. Children over the age of 3 are screened free of charge on request from families or as recommended by Educators & Teachers.
Educators sit in on sessions with Leanne to ensure your child remains comfortable and has some-one familiar with them. In these sessions, Leanne will not only concentrate on pronunciation, but on a broad range of communication.
Leanne can help if:
- You believe you or others find it abnormally difficult to understand what your child is saying
- You are interested in finding how your child’s communication (including pronunciation and hearing) is progressing