✦ Masters of how to learn through play, TG's children shine at what they do best - play!
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“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” – Fred Rogers
Child's play takes on a whole new meaning at TG's Child Care.
Gardens that make playing a joy
TG's beautiful award-winning gardens have been specially designed to be natural, nurturing, safe and secure spaces for children to play, live and learn. These exciting and dynamic spaces are where children can explore and develop their fine and gross motor skills, build curiosity, social and emotional intelligence, engage in active and passive play.
Jump into an old boat and have an adventure on the high seas with your gang of pirates. Get down close to the ground and hunt for little bugs and see what they're up to this busy morning. If it's a warm day out there's water play waiting and you can pretend you're having a nice day at the beach. The imagination of a child knows no limits, and it is not limited by their geographical space.
What makes TG's stand out is how they have implemented their philosophy of Playing is Learning for Life and blended in their sustainability values as well. Armed with their imagination and with Nature by their side, TG's children have endless hours of learning through play.
It is thanks to Trevor Kee that TG's Play Experts have these beautiful gardens to explore and have their adventures. He brought his extensive landscaping and design background to create these dynamic, sustainable, natural environments where children can thrive to their fullest potential. We may be living in an urban environment, but Trevor really wanted to invite nature into TG's playspaces, so you will notice Nature's touch as you walk through the gardens - there are paved pathways, timber bridges and transition areas that use natural materials and local resources.
Sustainability is an important value at TG's, and even their gardens are in keeping with sustainability practices. Exploring nature is part of their sustainability practices as it builds a foundation of values for making the world a better place. TG's children develop independent and creative minds through playing in these gardens. It's where they learn to engage in collective thinking with their peers and build relationships with each other. Through exploring, the children identify their strengths and discover their own unique gifts. When you are bathed in an environment rich in love, care and respect, you simply grow.
It takes two wings to fly
TG's Play Experts are supported by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) on one side and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on the other.
The EYLF is from the Australian Government's Department of Education which dictates five major outcomes that extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.
These are the five outcomes from the EYLF:
Children have a strong sense of identity
Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children are confident and involved learners
Children are effective communicators
The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is where TG's implements indigenous programs in all of their six centres across regional Australia. It is part of their sustainability values and it boosts the children's eco and social intelligence. The children are supported by indigenous wisdom and they look at how they impact the environment, social aspects and economy of their locations in a way that is relevant and identifiable for them. It builds pride and responsibility when the children realise they, in their own way, can make a difference to care for the planet and their communities. They may be wearing ordinary clothes but inside, every child is a superhero who wants to and can save the planet.