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Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Tables

Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Tables 0

For young children transitioning from playing beside their peers to interacting with them, tables play a key role in developing collaboration. Used for everything from exploring media, to having a snack. In this second post in a series of posts on Refreshing and Upgrading your classroom, we’ll look at how upgrading even just some of your tables can make a big difference in an early years classroom. 

Upgrade and Refresh your Space:  Choosing the Right Chairs

Upgrade and Refresh your Space: Choosing the Right Chairs 0

If the environment is so critical to early learning, your chairs might be one of your most significant teaching tools, promoting positive behaviours, physical and cognitive development. 

First in a series of posts on Refreshing and Upgrading your classroom, this post looks at how to change-up seating for a significant and immediate upgrade for your learning community, from toddlers to adults. 

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide 0

Over 50 pages of great ideas, real world examples,strategies, inspirations and tips for realizing an Outdoor Classroom. Broken out by different learning areas, this guide will help you create a new quality outdoor learning area or ready your existing space for STEM, literacy, creative arts, construction as well energetic play. 
A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint

A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint 0

Taking their inspiration from Reggio Emilia and other child directed early years curricula, many classrooms are modeling their creative arts learning areas around an atelier approach.

In this post we’ll offer some suggestions of furnishings and materials that may compliment a process focussed rather than a product focussed art centre. 

Four Ways Puzzles can Invigorate an Early Years Classroom

Four Ways Puzzles can Invigorate an Early Years Classroom 0

Puzzles are more than just placing pieces in a frame. A puzzle’s engagement of fine motor skills helps develop mental dexterity and can be a great way to introduce curricular themes and learning areas, inspiring open ended play.

 

Cots, Carts, Kids and Your Back

Cots, Carts, Kids and Your Back 0

“We’ve been searching for cots like these for 3 years!” 

From the perspective of a workplace health and safety expert, Community Playthings cots and carts for child care centres and full day kindergarten are unique.  Not only protecting hygiene but reducing the back strain that significantly contributes to lost work hours.