Cuddles Childcare Centres in Perth are fully committed to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for early learning. Inquiry-based learning is foundational in both EYLF and NQS and is a major part of what we do.
Early years learning can shape your children’s ability to learn for the rest of their lives. At any Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth, we honour your child’s innate sense of what they need and want to learn by encouraging them to ask questions. When a child asks a question, they are directing their own learning based on their own interest and the answers they are given can shape the rest of their lives.
Consequently, we have made it incumbent upon any child care professional in our Perth centres to give empowering answers to any questions your child may ask. By asking questions, children are developing the ability to solve problems on their own and are exercising their abilities to investigate and learn.
The inquiry-based approach is based on honouring the child’s spirit of investigation through the creation of a curriculum that engages the child, using their own interests and their own questions as a way of immersing them into the process of learning.
Inquiry is a skill that serves children well throughout the entire educational process, from early learning through university studies. The child becomes actively involved in the learning process and becomes a co-creator instead of a consumer.
Learning outcome four of EYLF acknowledges the importance that the development of skills such as inquiry, problem solving, hypothesising, investigating, researching and experimentation are essential in helping children to become involved and confident learners.
The NQS guidelines for educational practice and program state that the current knowledge, culture, ideas, interests and abilities should be the foundation of any learning program. They also want a sense of agency to be promoted within each child, teaching them to become influencers and leaders. Educators are asked to respond to the ideas of children during learning and play and use them as a springboard for learning.
We didn’t invent the EYLF nor NQS, but we agree with both–inquiry-based learning is a superior methodology.
Call any Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth to find out how your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning.
Bertram (08) 9419 1844
St. James (08) 9358 4673
Carlisle (08) 9472 4702