Early Learning Programme
Little Bambinos dynamic, vibrant and inspiring programme is designed by Day by Day and is based on the knowledge that children are natural learners and that each child develops at their own pace. Unlike outdated programmes of previous generations that expected all children to learn the same things at the same time, the Little Bambinos programme is flexible, individual and engaging. We aim to offer every child a rich and unique learning experience that will give them the best possible start in life.
In fact, International research tell us that, for every year a child spends in a high-quality early learning programme like ours, their school outcomes in literacy and numeracy improve dramatically!
At every stage of the learning journey, we will continue to work with you so we can learn more about your child. This helps us create a programme that builds on their interests and abilities, it introduces and reinforces important concepts – like language, maths, science, environment, art, health and social awareness – in the way that works best for them.
At Little Bambinos we have a very strong emphasis on play-based learning and aims to achieve five overall learning outcomes
- Children have strong sense of identity
- Children are connected with a contribution to their world
- Children have a strong sense of well-being
- Children are effective communicators
A great start for babies
We welcome babies from 6 weeks of age
Children are born ready to learn. Each new experience is a learning experience, and the connections that these early experiences make in a baby’s brain are the most important ones of all. Like building a house, what comes first lays the foundations for what happens later.
Learning at this age occurs through their everyday routines. This is why our educators see nappy changing, feeding, cuddling, waking up and going to sleep as opportunities to introduce experiences that will help infants learn about moving, communicating and understanding their surroundings and forming relationships with other people.
Babies develop best when they have a trusted educator who can read their cues and respond to their needs. Our educators make sure that each child receives plenty of individual attention and are lovingly cared for. Talking, playing, singing, reading, listening moving, feeding, watching and touching are just a few of the many ways we nurture babies; early intellectual communication, physical, social and emotional development skills to help provide strong foundations for ongoing learning
Our educators work closely with families to create a caring environment, where every baby is valued, and their abilities, interests and routines are respected and followed.
Stepping up to Toddlers
Toddlers are full of energy and curiosity. Learning through their everyday routines, this is the age when children start becoming aware of their independence. We talk to you to get your insight into your child’s interests and needs, so we can plan their programme in a way that helps them build confidence, interact with others and develop new skills.
Our educators use this knowledge to guide the children through new experiences around early language, maths, science and more, in a way that interest them and inspires them to explore.
Your toddlers’ communications skills move ahead at a remarkable rate as the progress from baby sounds to words and phrases, and her educator will plan engaging ways to build early literacy skills and communication with others. As toddlers become more active, it’s a great time for developing new gross motor skills too, as our educators’ plan plenty of active play, indoors and out.
Forming bonds with adults outside their family helps toddlers understand who these adults are and what they can do. These social relationships are the platform from which they learn to trust and explore, knowing they have a safe place to come back to.
By encouraging toddlers to express themselves in different ways, educators help them to develop a whole range of skills from communications to creative thinking to hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and self-confidence as well.
Toddlers love to dance – which is a great opportunity for educators to help them develop coordination, creative expression, communication skills and social awareness. Transiting movement expression into words is also one of the stepping stones to developing literacy skills.
Sharing toys and equipment is an opportunity to help toddlers understand the concept of fairness and learn to connect and communicate effectively with others
The age of discovery
Early learning for 3 to 4 year olds
There is a world full of big ideas, explore and learn. Children f this age group are eager to use their newly-discovered independence and we design our programme to help them find opportunities for starting conversations, sharing ideas, finding out about their environment, asking questions and making friends. Different interests and skills become clearer, and our educators use this knowledge to help your child learn about new concepts and ideas.
New connections are happening in your child's brain at an extraordinary rate now, and the basic pathways that are laid in their infant and toddler stage are becoming more varied and complex. Our educators help enhance this development and stimulate your child’s imagination by guiding them through creative learning experiences and new intellectual challenges.
Building on skills already developed, our educators design stimulating play-based learning experiences to help children develop new skills around literacy, maths, science, social competence and physical development and introduce opportunities for your child to discover new skills and interests.
Children in this age group love to investigate and make meaning of the world around them – a great time for educators to encourage them to research, observe, find answers and learn to think for themselves.
Young children learn so much by imagining and doing. Pretend play is an ideal opportunity for educators to help children develop a strong sense of themselves and others, along with problem-solving and reasoning skills, creative and imagination.
Educators use activities that challenge and support children to persevere at tasks to help them develop maths, science and early technology skills, solve problems and support spatial awareness.
Playing outside gives educators an opportunity to use nature to introduce children to concepts such as problem solving, language, science and caring for the environment.
Learning the skills for school and life
Early learning for 4 to 6 year olds
The world is an exciting place for this group. They can be superheroes one minute, shopkeepers the next. This certain belief that they can be anything they want to be is something we never want them to lose.
Between the ages of 4 and 6 is a time when children expand their horizons. They open their world to more people and forms wider friendship groups where they can learn from each other and test ideas together. Being challenged by different points of view helps children build stronger problem-solving skills and being exposed to diversity helps them learn to negotiate with others.
The programme we develop for your child’s learning at this stage encourages:
• Thinking, exploring, questioning, wondering and learning how to learn
• Developing language, literacy, numeracy and communications skills
• Solving problems and reasoning
• Relating well to other children and adults
• Resolving conflicts, playing co-operatively and being assertive
• Developing independence, self-esteem, self-confidence and managing emotions
• Understanding the world around them
• Belonging, being part of a community and connecting with others
Developing a life-long love of learning, discovery and new experiences through play and activity. As the children get older our educators introduce more sophisticated ways of learning with projects that encourage and enable them to investigate and explore more complex ideas around life cycles and growth.
Dramatic play becomes more complex and imaginative as children develop their self-confidences. Pretend supermarkets and cafes and post offices give educators new opportunities to help children on their social, literacy, language, communication, mathematical and decision-making skills too.
Making music gives children opportunities to explore concepts like rhythm and beat while they develop self-confidence and creative expression.
Encourage children to collect objects like rocks, feathers or leaves, and organise them into different categories, is a great way for educators to help children learn about concepts like similarity, difference, patterning and sorting.
We find innovative and engaging opportunities to give children responsibilities that will help them build confidence and self-esteem. Children explore aspects of early literacy before they move on to school.