How Young Children Learn

Each child is viewed as unique, with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development.

Children learn best through play that involves direct manipulation of their surroundings. The educators prepare the environment for the children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials.

Each child is viewed as unique, with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. The curriculum and Staff’s interactions are responsive to individual differences in ability and interests. Different learning styles are expected and accepted. Programming is based on these individual differences.

Our programme provides opportunity for the children to make their own choices and decisions. This assists them in developing the skills of independence and responsibility. The programme is very flexible and often changes due to the children’s interests.

Problem solving is always encouraged.

Formal directed activities are usually held at group times when children participate in the activity. Language, Music, Maths and Science lessons are taught at group times or through spontaneous learning activities. Informal directed activities are held throughout the day during indoor and outdoor free play times. The programme is available at all times for you to review.

Arrival / Departure

Children must be brought into the centre and collected by an adult. If someone else is picking up your child, we must have written and signed permission from the parent stating the name of the person to pick up the child.  We must also see identification of the person picking up the child, regardless of whether the child knows the adult or not. The sign in sheet must be signed in the morning and in the afternoon by the person delivering or collecting the child.

Personal Property

All property should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Washable play clothes that your child can manage by him/herself are most suitable. Please include an extra set of clothing in your child’s bag in case of accidents, wet or soiled clothes from water, sand or dirt play. Narnia is not responsible for the damage to or loss of personal property.


We ask that comfort toys are the only toys allowed to be brought in. This is to prevent toys from being broken or causing issues between children. Many children’s toys have small parts that can be hazardous to young babies, or the toys could be the same as the one that another child has at home. This can cause distress to the child who brings the toy and to the child that thinks it is theirs.


We love to celebrate birthdays with the children. If you would like to help us celebrate your child’s birthday, please bring in a cake that can be easily cut for the children in your child’s room. Birthdays are usually celebrated with morning tea or after lunch. Cupcakes are an easier option for staff to distribute, or ice blocks are another alternative. Please ensure that all cakes or ice blocks are nut free.

Notices and Newsletters

It is important to keep communication open and everybody informed. All newsletters, receipts and other information will be emailed to the address supplied.