“When children interact with open-ended materials, they enter a world of “what if” that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Open ended materials enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions”. Shona Sanosi, Blue House Founder.
Our weekly Playgroups offer families an opportunity to initiate routine and support your child in making social connections. Children grow in confidence, joining their class group at the same time each week, with our team of experts leading families on a journey that builds upon the previous week’s discoveries. Our Playgroups take children on an in-depth journey exploring authentic and unique materials such as fabric, paper, metal, plastic and natural resources, understanding their properties through sight, sound, touch and even smell and taste.
Current Playgroup Inspiration: ‘Paper’
23rd August 2021 – 26th November 2021 Learn more HERE.
This weekly Playgroup series takes children on a voyage through the multiple possibilities offered to us through exploring the world of paper. Paper is an open-ended material, that provides us with opportunities to explore mark making, sound, light and shadow, textures and reflections taking children on a journey rich in learning potential from fine motor skills, early literacy exposure and a multitude of sensory explorations. Sessions will available in the mornings and afternoons in the indoor and outdoor environments .
Two Unique Programmes
We offer Playgroups for children 6-18 months and 12-36 months.
Our 6-18 month Playgroup sees the sharing of first moments and experiences, nurtured by our team of specialists who support children in developing secure relationships, so critical at this early age. Through the exploration of open ended experiences, infants discover the world around them fully engaging all of their senses. Every sight and sound is planned with intention to develop awareness of people and place, of bodies and of space. At this age your child is gaining control over their movements and begins to respond to, absorb and mimic sounds, actions and experiences which are of interest to them.
Now, curiosity beckons, along with a stronger desire to build relationships and explore alongside others. Our facilitators provide access to a range of materials that foster the development of physical skills, risk taking and confidence in the ability to use their body whilst investigating and negotiating space. We also encourage the use of open ended questioning to provoke meaningful thought in both parents and children encouraging dialogue into every experience. At this age a child’s understanding of themselves and the world around them is also evolving. Passion fuels interest for or in experiences, objects or concepts seeing our specialists provide the opportunity to collaborate, communicate and problem solve. Self-expression becomes a primary motivation and we structure our environment and materials to allow for evolving individuality, self awareness and an understanding of the similarities and differences between themselves and those around them. Your child’s unique voice is emerging and our team continue to listen, interpret and support your child’s discoveries and feelings about the world around them.
We also offer a Playgroup class in our interactive Outdoor Environments. A multitude of natural experiences in our community garden offers opportunities to encounter messy play, creativity with artistic mediums such as plaint, clay, slime and water.