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Grandma’s Place steps up quality of early learning further with Artist in Residence program for 2017

Jane Bobbermein - Thursday, January 05, 2017

After successfully being rated at the Exceeding level for quality of service and education programs in 2017, we are delighted to build on this quality and extend into higher level learning opportunities in 2017.

We have three new initiatives this year –

  1. our very anticipated Artist in Residence program, which epitomises the pinnacle of quality in contemporary early learning in Australia,
  2. introduction of learning Japanese language for Kindergarten children, extended by our very own in-house Japanese educator Miss Chiemi, and
  3. focussed learning of social and emotional skills through the PALS social skills program for Junior and Senior Kindergarten children.

It is shaping up to be a jam-packed year of high quality learning and we can’t wait to get into it!

During 2017, Grandma’s Place has been successful in obtaining a grant to offer an Artist in Residence program.  We will have two professional Artists, Donna Robinson and Wanda Bennett in residence at Grandma’s Place for 2 days a week over 5 months to work with children on an art-science project and build a Portrait of Sarina – Through the Lens of Children.  Commencing in April, this will culminate in an exhibition in September, and displays of work during the residency at local events.  This is a major Arts Queensland project that only three other early learning and Kindergartens have previously undertaken in Queensland, and we delighted to bring world class early learning opportunities to our small, rural town.

We are excited to build on the gentle introduction to Japanese language that Grandma’s Place kindergarten children had the opportunity to engage in during 2016.  With the national introduction of the Early Learning Languages Australia program, we are delighted to offer this more in-depth learning opportunity for our Kindergarten group in 2017.  The program is ‘app-based’, with families able to download apps at home as well.  While Kindergartens do not need a Japanese teacher to deliver, Miss Chiemi will be supporting our Kindergarten teachers in delivering this program, and enhancing the experience through extensions of children’s ideas and interests.

Social and emotional development is very important for success at school and is one of our primary focuses in early childhood and Kindergarten.  We are delighted to offer the addition of the PALS social skills program in 2017 for the Kindergarten wing children.  This program teaches children skills that underpin their ability to cooperate with others and begin to solve social problems.  We will be embarking on this program with our Senior Kindergarten children in early 2017 and with Junior Kindergarten children in late 2017.

We believe that being in a small rural town is no barrier to providing best practice early childhood learning, and these initiatives are on par with the very best in Australia.  As a small, family operated Kindergarten and early learning service, we have always strived to provide high quality learning programs within a supportive service for busy, working or studying families.  We encourage all our families to get involved in these initiatives in 2017, it is going to be a magical year!

Grandma’s Place is an Approved Kindergarten with the Queensland Department of Education.  In addition, we offer Junior Kindergarten for children in the year before Kindy (for children that will turn 3 before 30th June 2017).  In our Infant Wing, we offer high quality early learning and care for all younger children, right down to 3 months of age to support busy families with work and study commitments.

We do have some limited vacancies for children from 3 months right through to our Kindergarten program right now, so if you would like to enquire about enrolling please call Jane on 4956 2876 for more information and to arrange a tour.

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