One of our centres in my ece cluster is reviewing their four year old programme, They would like to know if centres do you have a four year old programme and if so why or if not why not?
Any good readings or links relating to this topic, pros & cons would be appreciated. I am looking forward to this discussion and It would be great to have thoughts from a variety of early childhood settings on this topic.
We recently completed a spontaneous review on our four year old group. This group would meet at a set time each morning with a teacher which led the group for a term at a time. Children very much looked forward to their fourth birthday so that they could find out what was happening in this exclusive group time (it took place in a separate room). As teachers we follow an inquiry learning approach for this group.
We decided to remove the age restriction on this group and although it took a bit of adjusting for everyone we have found many pros as well as a few things that we are still working out...
Hopefully this will give you something to think about!
What a great contribution. You and your colleagues are obviously thinking about what it is you are offering and making it fluid!
I would have one question which you may or may not have considered...Seeing as you have opened up the age range for the children do you need the specific frame of the 'extension time'? i.e does this extension happen spontaneously for all children?
No wrong answers here just a pondering... ;)
Hi Ashleigh thank you for your wonderful sharing. I was wondering what you call this group now that it is open up to all ages? Also how do you decide/plan on a topic of interest? Do you use children's individual observations and plan around their interests for this group?
I look forward to further discussions/pondering on this:)
Thank you for sharing your self review Ashleigh. We have been running our extension group in the same manner as yours (open to whomever wants to join in) but this leads me to think about why we are even doing it and so we are reviewing it.