Fireflies is the first programme within the Early Years and is for students who have turned two years of age. Fireflies provides a holistic education that promotes social, physical, cognitive, creative, and emotional development.
Students in Fireflies experience a culturally diverse setting where a planned balance of play, teacher-initiated and child-directed inquiries and challenges stimulate their learning in a safe and nurturing environment.
Fireflies classes run from 8:00am until 11:30am each day.
The principles that guide teaching and learning in the Early Years
- Children develop at different rates.
- Children learn in different ways.
- The process of learning is more important than the product.
- Play is essential to learning and enhances children’s cognitive, motor, language, and social and emotional skills.
- Real-life and life-like activities enhance learning.
- The learning environment will be safe, secure and one in which each child is valued, challenged and can take control of his or her own learning.
- The building of each child’s self esteem and self worth is extremely important.
- Learning is a lifelong process.
- learn to interact and negotiate with each other by direct and indirect modelling of caring, sharing and respecting one another;
- be provided with the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills in many settings;
- be given the freedom to express their opinions, thoughts and feelings; and
- develop independence, responsibility and leadership through everyday activities and routines.