Early Learners group is for children aged 18 months to 4 years, with any type of disability or developmental delay and all levels of ability. Participating in Early Learners can be a powerful learning tool. Children need to have time to be with and to interact with other children.
Early Learners is a great place where parents/carers, siblings and other family members can meet, play and develop together. All are encouraged to be actively involved in the group situation. Early Learners is also a way to get ready for learning at preschool, childcare and in the community.
What Happens at Early Learners?
Our Early Learners group sessions offer fun experiences that foster skills in many developmental areas including:
- Social interaction
- Physical (fine and gross motor)
Early Learners groups run weekly during the school term, and usually go for about 1½ hours. They can include a variety of activities such as singing, movement to music, story time, fine and gross motor play, craft, social play and a time for a snacks brought from home. Early Learners groups are small (maximum 6 families per group) to allow for optimal participation for each child. Groups are run at EarlyEd centres, however they can meet in the park, a play centre or another community location depending on families’ goals and priorities.
Who runs Early Learners?
To encourage your child’s individual areas of developmental needs, specialist staff attend Early Learners groups, including:
- Special Educators
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Family Support Workers
- Classroom Assistants
EarlyEd encourages team meetings and interactions with all those who are part of your support team, including extended members of your family, private therapists and early childhood setting staff. All are welcome to attend Early Learners.
When can Early Learners help?
Early Learners can be a stepping stone for entering a larger group setting such as childcare or preschool, and can help your child be ready to participate in their community.
We know that it is important to you that your child is able to join in at their early childhood environment to learn and develop in all areas. As part of your Early Learners program we can offer support to your early childhood environment to help with your child’s participation and inclusion.
EarlyEd staff can assist you to:
- Prepare for your child to go to into early childhood settings
- Successfully transition into childcare or preschool settings
- Support your child during their attendance to have a meaningful experience
EarlyEd’s inclusion support helps children to have a fulfilling time in their early childhood setting. We want all children to be able to benefit from and to be included in these experiences so that they can all develop together.
How can EarlyEd help you?
EarlyEd provides support to early childhood settings through:
- Regular visits to your child’s centre for consultancy and support
- Individualised workshops for the staff and families
- Team meetings for all the people involved with your child
Speak to EarlyEd about other ways we can assist you with support, transition and inclusion into your local community, such as swimming classes, sports groups, dance groups or outings to the park.