Thinkers.inq is a place where ideas are valued as part of the journey, not only to reach a destination. A place where thoughts can be captured, explored and developed in a way that helps identify and develop the potential that every child has within them.
This is the process of creative and critical thinking and it underpins everything we teach and do together.
Learning how to think this way from a young age helps support the future learning and success of every child.
All ideas and learning at Thinkers.inq follow creative and critical thinking practices, to develop inquisitive and effective problem solving. One of the tools we will be using to inspired this process will be various forms of interactive technology, such as iPads and iTouches. These tools will be used in such a way to deepen and stretch our imaginations and facilitate purpose filled play. Consequently ‘screen time’ will empower learning and develop potential opportunities for growth and not detract from it.
At Thinkers.inq, we help guide young minds through:
> creative and critical thinking skills
> excellent reciprocal problem-solving habits
> confidence to explore concepts and ideas
EMERGING LITERACY & NUMERACY
A question that crosses the minds of many parents with young children; does emergent literacy and numeracy matter in an early education space?
We believe it does. Here’s why:
> Research tells us the years between birth and five are the most transformational time in a human being’s life
> Exploring emergent literacy and numeracy creates a life-long love for all things creative and analytical in a safe and dynamic play environment.
> Literacy is vitally important as it allows numeracy to find its place within thinking and learning.
> Exposure to emergent literacy and numeracy empowers the transition for children entering their first year of school.
Our question is: what are early learning spaces doing to support this development?
At Thinkers.inq our fundamental task is to draw out and lead forth, from the most impressionable years and beyond.
Every child leaves Thinkers.inq with a deep level of familiarity and appropriate application of numeracy and literacy skills. The key ideas behind this are:
> All children need to experience purposeful exploration of emergent literacy and numeracy skill development to access life in full.
> This exploration occurs through purposeful play so that wellbeing is at the heart of the experience.
> The purpose of this strategy is to empower children transitioning into life.
FAMILIES & COMMUNITY
Our families are our community and as such are deeply connected to heart of our play and learning. At Thinkers.inq our goal is to meet every need, support every concern and celebrate every triumph.
Our families guide our thinking on how we can serve their children best.
We serve our families through our Nourished for Life programs which use wider community specialists to support parenthood. E.g. Dr Psychologists, OT, Nutritionist, Physiotherapists
We also serve our wider community through our Baby Marketplace which supports any mother in need. Through the marketplace we also support refugees and a Fijian preschool with clothes and resources.