Every day is an opportunity to learn through play.
Cool Bananas provides a well-balanced, stimulating and educational program for your child. We value and encourage parents to be involved in our centre and its program. We are educators that dedicate our training to help children in our care, to grow and develop through play.
At Cool Bananas your child will enjoy exploring and playing in our welcoming indoor and outdoor environments. We have numerous play spaces for our children to enjoy – including home corners, book corners, our sandpit, cubby houses, bike track, softfall areas and obstacle courses!
We believe education starts with a child’s interest, we simply explore this interest and add learning opportunities along the way. We begin to develop self-help skills and independence while exploring the world and environment around us. Children commonly ask their teachers ‘But Why?’ and we enjoy investigating the answers!
Cool Bananas are at the forefront of technology, utilising the latest interactive smartboard technologies which the children absolutely love! This equipment is now used in most leading schools, and it is fantastic that the children are exposed to it and are able to learn and have fun with it, in their early learning experiences with us.
The term interactive smartboard just means a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. The computer’s desktop becomes visible on the board where users can then engage interactively with it using for example, their finger or pen that comes with the board. At Cool Bananas we have a 55” smartboard. Whilst it is predominantly used in our Dazzling Dolphins preschool room, it is on a portable stand which enables us to move it to our Super Seals as well. It is a fantastic resource that both children and staff love using!
The developmental areas covered in the Centre program are:
- Physical: fine and gross motor
- Creative and sensory
- Self help skills
The programming of activities is a vital part of providing the children at the centre with a well-rounded day that utilises the environment to enhance the children’s development. We value and encourage parents to be involved in the centre’s program. Please feel free to contribute your ideas or skills at any time.
Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becoming.
Belonging is the basis for living a fulfilling life. Children feel they belong because of the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
Being is about living here and now. Childhood is a special time in life and children need time to be just ‘be’ – time to play, try new things and have fun.
Becoming is about the learning and development that young children experience. Children start to form their sense of identity from an early age, which shapes the type of adult they will become.
At Cool Bananas, we believe play is a very important key concept in every child’s development. Through play, babies and young children explore, learn and understand the world around them as they begin to communicate, discover, imagine and create. When children play, they are showing what they have learned.
It is well known that children learn best when they have secure relationships with caring adults. When children from a very early age develop trusting relationships, they feel more confident and able to explore and learn. We believe when children feel emotionally secure, they learn through play to develop the skills and understandings they need to interact positively with others and gradually learn to take responsibility.
Our program provides your child with experiences that nurture their physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, communication skills and general knowledge. Your child will develop independence, decision making, problem solving and social skills through play.