1) Going out into your Community
At Gaia Education and Development, we believe in the importance of nature and natural elements in child development and we encourage visiting local areas such as nature reserves, parks, streams or beaches.
Excursions outside of your centre is a fantastic way to get out into the community and does not need to cost a lot of money. Taking children on regular walks around your area will help children develop their awareness of the community they live in. Visiting the local primary school playgrounds, helping out at the community gardens, visiting the local beach or library are great places to start. If you have a retirement village close by, making contact with them is valuable. In an article published by The Guardian by James Tapper, it noted that children who regularly interact with older people see improvements in their language development, reading and social skills. It also stated that by playing and reading with children, the elderly are less likely to experience loneliness, while the children get more opportunities for one-to-one reading and play time, it adds.
Making excursions, a regular event in your calendar is an excellent way of developing relationships within the community too. Centres that regularly visit places will have their risk mitigation and risk benefit assessments completed and reviewed often making these trips successful.