Oops! It appears that you have disabled your Javascript. In order for you to see this page as it is meant to appear, we ask that you please re-enable your Javascript!

Blog

Preschool: Decisions, Decisions…

If we asked you what was your fondest memory when  you were younger it more than likely involved one of the following:

*an interaction with someone you loved or has inspired you,
*an experience that you embraced every second of,
*or an event that enthralled you completely.

Even now, thinking about it you can still smell the smells, feel the feels and remember every detail about that experience. (Isn’t the brain is a wonderful, wonderful thing.) Your ability to recall it so clearly because of the feeling it gave you is still there.

(Like remembering the words to a song but not what you did yesterday? We hear ya!)

This is because it was something you were so involved in that you absorbed every little bit that it has now become a firm imprint in your memory bringing a warm sense of joy  each time you relive it. 

This memory sparked something in you to become a part of your perception on life – be it your ethics, values, principles, morals whatever it is it, it has become a part of you. 
This is the bases of learning, these are types of opportunities that spark children’s learning  capabilities into drive for academics in life – this is Varsity. 

Being an urban setting does not restrict our exploration of learning environments. We go on ventures everyday to discover the depths of nature, daily living, our community and local businesses, so children can explore an idea about real topics thoroughly.

We investigate each observation, discussion or topic the children bring to us and it is our job to support their learning in what has tweaked their interests – not our, theirs!

You see, the process of learning involves making connections and relationships between feelings, ideas, words and actions. As we follow an emergent curriculum it takes upon the delivery of learning based on the children and community. We are inspired by Highscope and Reggio Emilia where we have tailored a bespoke programme for it to effectively apply life long learning skills and encourage the love for academic learning in later life.

From getting their groceries to happiness lessons, the Varsity children revel in delight every day because this is their programme, their time, their learning and nothing makes us prouder than the fantastic feedback of how these children have grown as individuals ready to take on the next step of their learning.

To find out more about enrolment we would be delighted for you to join us for an Afternoon Tea Party – hosted by the Varsity team, children and their families on Saturday 19th January from 1pm – 3pm.

#LetsChangeTheFuture

Read more

Where to start…

Well, it all starts with you really…

 

Our own practices are closely monitored by our children. What they see from us is the foundations of what they will learn and how to use it when it comes to many things in life.

‘Without an influence there can be no habit, without a value there can be no practice’, and so on.
All we want is to make sure the next generation are going to be ok and provide only the best for our children, but at what cost? How do we measure this? Is it in terms of providing toys, technology, materialistic desires? or is it bestowing our values, ethics, principles … our wellbeing practices?

Really, it can be any of these providing no harm is coming to humanity or our planet as a result.
Now, you can sign up to many Facebook pages, share every post about how we can save the planet, sign every Change.org petition going as much as you want- and that’s great! However the action part is a whole different ball game. The ACTION is the bit that gets things done!

The photo above was taken at Rossnowlagh beach,  an active beach community that hold numerous beach cleans throughout the year. You too can get involved by attending or organising a Beach or River Clean. Just follow the link to register HERE

You could set up a Community Garden – talk it over with your neighbours on how you could bring the community together, share responsibilities and unite people for a good cause. Want to know how? Click HERE to find out.

Everything we do or purchase has an environmentally friendly alternative and it’s up to us to decide whether the value of ‘cheap and convenient’ outweighs the value of ‘our planet’s future’. We do have a choice.
From protecting our environment, growing our own, recycling, reusing, reducing packaging etc. Every little helps! It’s about simply caring for our world. We are setting the bar of investing in our children’s future and allow their nurturing nature skills evolve.

 

 

This is our choice –will you join us?

#LetsChangeTheFuture

 

 

Read more

Have you been outside lately?

What’s the plan?

With a new year kicking off for us in the Hangout and Day Care and the exciting launch of Varsity it brings us a shimmering light of thought provoking concepts.
Every September we gather the Kids Committee in order to prepare for the New Year. We get a great mix of interests brought to the table but also a lot of concerning ones revolving around screen time.
Now don’t get us wrong we love our movies but when gamers and bloggers and bring our own mobiles come into the equation we ask ourselves

”What happened to play?”

Same applies to what they will plan to do when they get home – rarely we will hear a reply that doesn’t include a screen or a jammed packed schedule of extra curricular activities; but, we do worry that ‘Free play’ is slowly being pushed out of children’s daily activities.
One of our Standards for Inspection is regarding outdoor facilities. Being an urban setting this can present some challenges but we are lucky to have a variety of spaces as well as those in and outside the Omagh area that we avail of daily. We still aim to continue to build more areas in order to provide kids with what we had when we were younger – the old school ways of play and boost their aspirations to create play.
My point is; if our steady focus is emphasising the consideration and awareness of emotional, physical or mental health to help generate the imagination flow, then why has technology become a dependency rather than the aid it was supposed to be?
I’m sure you would agree when you watch this amazing video created by Nature Valley. This is their take on Richard Louv’s research who coined the phrase: ”nature-deficit disorder” in identifying the major decline on children being outdoors and losing their affinity with nature.
*”What’s happening to children about losing their connection is real and we have some very real reasons to be afraid of the consequences.”

Read more