Parent Classes for Children
5 Months to 2 Years of Age
The support of the parent or carer plays a crucial role at Kidstart as it provides a safe and supportive environment for the child to explore and develop. The program is very different to a playgroup where there is generally a lot less structure. Our program relies on you helping your child with the different activities so as to give your child encouragement and support. This is also important from a safety perspective. Parents are guided through the activities and advised the reasons behind them and given further ideas for use at home. Children enjoy spending time playing with you and showing you what they can do.
Our classes follow the same essential structure as listed below. The variations that are then experienced in each class reflect the specific educational needs relevant to the age and stage of development of the children:
This is an essential part of the program and important for different reasons depending on a child’s age and developmental stage they are at. Children need to explore and experiment with the equipment as they develop their familiarity and confidence.
Experimenting with sounds and movement using a combination of instruments and body parts. The music time is valuable in teaching children about sharing and socializing in a fun and creative way.
Gross Motor Session
The gross motor development of children during their early years is very important. The equipment at Kidstart helps your child explore many skills in a variety of ways adding challenge to fun.
A shared group-reading experience where the children are stimulated by the reading material and increasingly interact with the text and reading experience.
The children learn the actions and words to our special song to celebrate the fun experience we have shared and to farewell each other until we meet again.
The children experience the sensation of being around, under and on top of the parachute, seeing the colours and feeling the breeze.
Kidstart One - Ages 5 Months to 14 Months
Introduces children and parents to music, stories and stimulating equipment with a gross motor program encouraging the development of rolling, crawling, sitting and standing. Utilizing both the large pieces of equipment as well as specialized equipment for our youngest members! This class is designed for our sitters, crawlers and those learning to walk. Running time 55 minutes