In a technology ruled world, we feel that little minds get lost in the flashing and loud noises of screens, whether they be computer or phones, we feel that children need to be able to explore, develop their thinking and engage in the real world where problem solving is key.
At Fairytales we follow The Curiosity Approach a modern approachfor practitoners to really engage with the children and get back to basics
The Curiosity Approach aims to create ‘thinkers & doers’ by putting the child at the centre of their own development and education. Modern toys and technology are removed from the learning environment and replaced with everyday items to encourage children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to explore and create.
The Curiosity Approach draws from various other philosophies of early years education, including the Reggio Emilia approach, Te Whãriki, Montessori, Pikler and Steiner.
A Curiosity Approach setting is painted in neutral colours and filled with easily accessible, loose resources. But unlike what you may see at other nurseries, such as plastic toys, the children are instead presented with ordinary, real-life items made of wood or other natural materials.
This encourages the child to create their own toys to play with while simultaneously learning about the world they will eventually venture into. The children essentially go back to basics and have to use their imagination to figure out what each item is for and how to use it rather than being given a toy with a fixed identity which shapes how a child will play it. The Curiosity Approach gives the children control to shape the play, rather than the toy shaping and limiting the play.
We are proud to announce that in February 2022 we became an accredited setting a true accolade for all the staff