Embracing creativity

Giggles Early Learning owner and educator Linda Wooldrage and Isla Pearce, 3, and Maximus Britton, 3, explore clay creations in the glass room. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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Education. Giggles Early Learning owner Linda Wooldrage is growing her vision for learning through creation and exploration.

Taking inspiration from the Reggio Emilia and Montessori philosophies, Giggles has developed a glass room.

“I have always wanted, always envisaged, a creative space at Giggles,” she says.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy emphasises communication through creativity and embracing the child as a valued citizen in the present, not just the future. The Montessori approach allows children to become independent learners and trust in their own abilities by engaging in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult.

Utilising natural light and sound proofing, the space is an area for children to learn through exploration and creativity without sensory overload.

“The space is being used for children of similar ages to be engaged in experiences that don’t need to be packed away but to be extended and supported at a higher level . . .” she says.

“The conversations that are had in the classroom is where the learning happens.”

At the moment, children are exploring clay creations based on characters in the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

In the coming weeks, the early learning service will build on these hands-on experiences with Sing and Grow sessions.

Delivered by Joshua Berryman, a qualified music therapist, children and caregivers will delve into the  effects music has on strengthening family relationships, increasing confidence in children and supporting learning development in the early years of life.

“It’s about children and parents or caregivers joining together and creating a connection on a deeper level,” says Linda.

Running over eight weeks, the hour-long sessions will explore percussion instruments, ribbons, balls and parachutes in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Open to children up to the age of five, the free weekly sessions will begin next Thursday (May 3) from 2pm.

Partially funded by the federal government’s Department of Social Services, children and families do not need to be enrolled at Giggles to be involved. Places are limited, for more information or to register for the Sing and Grow program, contact Giggles Early Learning on 6452 1150.

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