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Young children are natural inquirers; they ask questions, explore, gather information, make predictions and come to conclusions in their play and social interactions all day long. It is the natural process of finding out about the world around them.
In the Early Years programme (EY), learning activities and play experiences are structured to ensure inquiry and learning can take place. Teachers pose questions and problems and arrange learning experiences to challenge the children in their thinking, theorising and decision-making. We emphasize increasing levels of self-awareness, social development, physical skills, independence, self-help skills and responsibility. Children learn to communicate and negotiate with other children and adults.
Iris Hall, Early Years Coordinator