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The Kindy Tweenz programme
Kindy Tweenz provides a well balanced, educational programme for children aged between 3 to 4 years. The children can attend sessions, according to their age, with a programme which is developmentally appropriate for their level. The programme integrates both care and education and at all times focuses on the overall individual needs of the children.
- theme activities
- large/small group activities
- active and quiet activities
- creative activities - painting, collage, sewing, printing etc.
- mat times
- inside and outside activities
The children are able to attend morning or afternoon sessions;
Youngest group: Mon a.m., Tues p.m., Wed p.m., Thurs a.m., Fri a.m.
Oldest group: Tues a.m., Wed a.m., Thurs p.m., Fri p.m.
During each session
- There is a specific inside time and the children:
2. During mat time the children are encouraged to:
- are encouraged to complete the theme activity, so they can build on skills they already know, and acquire new skills, and learn to complete an activity; cutting out, gluing etc.
- can work independently or co-operatively on construction activities, blocks, lego etc.
- are encouraged to identify their name;
- can choose other activities around the room, art table, painting easels, puzzles, books, family corner, collage table, playdough etc.
- are encouraged to express themselves through creative activities;
- are encouraged to use natural resources to express their ideas;
- are encouraged to assist with clean-up time.
After mat time, the children wash their hands, and sit down at the tables for morning/afternoon tea. The children are also encouraged to take responsibility for their own belongings, putting away their lunch boxes, and looking after their clothes.
- join in with songs, finger rhymes and games;
- oin in with group activities;
- join in with discussions on the theme of the week;
- listen to whoever is talking;
- increase their concentration level by participating, sitting and listening;
- take turns, and listen to other children's point of view;
- listen and enjoy stories;
3. During outside time the children:
4. At the end of the session, the children come back inside, on to the mat, and we finish the session with a short story.
- can move freely from inside to outside;
- develop on their gross motor skills - running, climbing,
balancing, jumping, swinging etc;
- develop important co-ordination and muscle control skills, as well as sharing, taking turns, organising play with others;
- are challenged on the outside play equipment;
- can dig, mould and create in the sand pit;
- can experience play with water;
- can enjoy the feeling of space, quiet areas, imaginative play, peddling, pushing cars/trucks.
The parents/caregivers are encouraged to take home any work completed and talk to the staff about their child's day. If this is not an appropriate time, an appointment can be made.
Throughout the programme we have a strong emphasis on numeracy and literacy. This is incorporated into the daily programme through:
The opportunities for the children to learn will be available for them. Every child develops at their own pace, and therefore the staff plan the work carefully, to incorporate all the different levels and abilities into the programme.
- puzzles – problem-solving;
- matching stickers 1-1;
- counting objects, and counting in order;
- matching numbers;
- matching colours;
- recognising numbers;
- identifying their name;
- developing their fine motor skills by cutting and using a writing tool;
- number songs and finger rhymes;
- reading and listening to stories, and enjoying stories.