An approach to early learning

What is HighScope?

HighScope was first established in the United States in 1969. It is an approach to early learning which identifies and builds on children’s strengths, interests, and abilities. The HighScope approach enables children to be actively involved throughout the whole play session.

Why does a HighScope Setting look like this?
In HighScope settings, the play room is divided into separate area s, defined for the children by low level storage units which house a range of accessible, interesting and where possible, real materials for the children to work with.

Why do we label areas and equipment?
In a HighScope setting each area is visible and named using signs, easily understood by the children, which show the types of activities on offer. All materials are also clearly labelled to allow children to choose, work and replace equipment themselves.

What is Choice Time?
Choice Time is a block of time when young children can investigate and explore toys and materials and interact with adults and other children. It allows young children a time to play and explore, uninterrupted.

What is Planning Time?
Planning Time is a time for each child to think about what they want to do during Work Time. At the same time each morning the children sit down with their group leader and make their plans ie. play in the Home Centre, build in the Block Area etc. Planning helps the children to become more involved in their own plan and it leads to an increase in their self-confidence.

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We provide an environment

Where play and learning go hand in hand.

What is Work Time?
Work Time is the time for children to carry out their plans, play and solve problems that arise in their play. During work time, group leaders and staff are guided by the children, their role is to interact with the children to support and encourage their development.

What is Recall Time?
During Recall Time, the children can remember, talk about, and show what they have done at work time. Recall time helps them to reflect on their experiences and to talk with others about their discoveries and actions.

What is Small Group Time?
Small Group Time is a part of the day when the group leader plans an activity for the children. She makes these plans based on the children’s interests and stages of development. Ideas would include painting, gluing, sound games, washing the dolls, play dough etc. Small group time allows the children to play together, ask questions and solve problems and work as a group.

What is Outside Time?
Outside Time happens every day (weather permitting), the children get the chance to use the large play equipment like the swings, slide, climbing frame as well as cars, bikes and buggies. Outside time allows the children to play in a more physical way, ie. running, climbing, jumping, and playing football etc.

Mealtime in a HighScope 
In the crèche, the children have a snack mid-morning which consists of fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, pears etc. It provides a chance for the children and staff to sit down together. The children get involved in setting the table and serving their own snack. During this time, the children are encouraged to be as independent as possible for their stage of development.

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Consistent but Flexible Structure

Daily Routine

What is the Daily Routine?
The HighScope Daily Routine provides a consistent but flexible structure for children and adults in the group. The routine is divided into difference segments, as follows:

  1. Pre-School Daily Routine
  2. Recall Time
  3. Arrival & Freeplay
  4. Small Group Time
  5. Snack Time
  6. Large Group Time
  7. Planning Time
  8. Outside Time
  9. Work Time
  10. Home Time

What are HighScope’s goals for young children? 

  • To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas.
  • To become independent, responsible, and confident – ready for school and ready for life.
  • To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out and talked with others about what they have done and what they have learned.
  • To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas
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Elsmore Creche

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Elsmore Crèche is owned by Tracy Smullen and Claire Doyle who both have a wealth of experience in childcare. We are committed to provide the highest quality childcare for all our families. Professional policies and procedures are in place, which ensure to provide a safe, clean, warm, stimulating age-appropriate and nurturing environment in which each child can develop,  grow and actively explore

For more information or to arrange a showaround please contact us via here

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Elsmore Creche

Arrange a Show Around!

Arranging a Show Around…

Elsmore Crèche is owned by Tracy Smullen and Claire Doyle who both have a wealth of experience in childcare. We are committed to provide the highest quality childcare for all our families. Professional policies and procedures are in place, which ensure to provide a safe, clean, warm, stimulating age-appropriate and nurturing environment in which each child can develop,  grow and actively explore

For more information or to arrange a showaround please contact us via here

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Do you have questions and want to contact us?
Call or visit us.

(045) 397 430
ELSMORE CRECHE, NAAS, CO. KILDARE, W91 E8XP

Media Gallery

Monday – Friday:
07:30 AM – 06:00 PM

Saturday & Sundays
CLOSED

© 2024 – Elsmore Creche – All rights reserved. Website Build by More Creative.