AS the KCLC Child Care co-ordinator, Emily Edgar is passionate about dispelling the misconception that childcare is essentially babysitting.
With a staff made up of trained educators, KCLC Child Care plays a critical role in the development of young children.
“Science tells us the years zero to six are crucial in shaping a child’s future around their learning and wellbeing,” she said.
“What happens in the early years of development can influence children right through their lives into adulthood.
“As early years educators we understand this.”
This is evident in the centre’s Little Learners Love Literacy program, an educational course focused on building children’s phonemic awareness.
So what is phonemic awareness?
It is the ability to understand that words are made up of sounds and being able to hear, recognise and manipulate the individual sounds that make up a word.
Engaging with the children’s five senses, the program makes this learning process interesting.
“Research is suggesting children should arrive at school with phonemic awareness,” Emily said.
“From an early age children learn to make sense of the world around them through their five senses, which in turn creates strong connections within their brain.
“Through singing, dancing, drawing, writing, cutting and creating, kids as young as two are learning about the letters of the alphabet.”
While kids are not forced to take part, Emily said most were drawn to the interactive activities of the program.
“Comments from the children include, ‘I like it when we dance’, ‘I like sticking’ and ‘I like drawing the lines’,” she said.
“Little do they know they’re learning crucial skills which will shape their future.”
For information on the program and KCLC Child Care, call KCLC on 5852 0000.