Do not disturb! Children at play

Technology | 11 Jun 2019

Fairchild Kindergarten is, in the words of one of its students, "that perfect place" where children come to school every day with a big smile. The Reggio Emilia approach it adopts supports learning through an inquiry-based approach which cultivates curiosity, creativity, confidence and wonder.

Specially designed learning spaces and facilities act as another teacher. The classrooms bring the outdoors in through the use of natural light and wood. Open-ended resources such as sand, water and soil are used to pique children's interests.

The school encourages children's collaboration, communication and exploration while respecting the capability of children, and their interests. Experienced educators build strong relationships with their students through hands-on learning.

At Fairchild, the development of the whole child in a play-focused environment is central.

Play has key neurological, cognitive, socio-emotional and physiological benefits for children's health. A play-based, inquiry-led approach sets the scene for enjoyable learning experiences that support the children's growth and development.

Emilia's The 100 Languages approach emphasizes hands-on discovery, allowing the child to use all their senses and different "languages" to learn.

As adults, we retain around 80 percent of what we experience, so providing a variety of rich experiences is so important for children at this formative stage.

Children are capable of constructing their own learning and are driven by their interests to wonder and understand more. Through a sensory-rich learning environment, using different natural resources, creative arts, music and movement, as well as STEM activities, children achieve academic skills such as reading and numeracy in a much more authentic and meaningful way.

The school also provides an immersive language-rich environment for students. It offers an international stream as well as dual language stream (in English and Mandarin) to promote bilingualism.

Fairchild Kindergarten: G/F &1/F Kong Chian Building, Block 1, 351 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun. Contacts: 2803-2638, www.fairchild.edu.hk

Fairchild Junior Academy: 22/F, Park Commercial Centre, 180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau. Contacts: 2898-1611, www.fairchild.academy

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