The Purple Elephant 49

programme preschool and early years


early childhood education at its best

Children who are members of a nurturing, collaborative community of young inquirers develop a sense of belonging, and an understanding of their own identity, voice and feelings that leads to optimal development and learning. This, and the relationships they form with aesthetically pleasing settings, their teachers and families, becomes the foundation for life-long learning that embraces fair-mindedness, inclusion, and the cultural values and practices embedded in every environment they encounter.

Each child brings to the centre unique life experiences that are respected for their diversity, and all are considered to be brimming with potential – potential that is supported by an approach to teaching that takes full advantage of the physical space to develop mental and physical abilities as well as the foundational knowledge required for later literacy and numeracy.

Purposeful play, one of the most effective ways young children learn, capitalises on the child’s natural curiosity, joy, and sense of wonder. Play here is child-centred, engaging, and enhances development in all the domains: physical, social, emotional, communicative and cognitive.

english mandarin thai - step ahead, right from the start

The  young  inhabitants  who blissfully find themselves in this enchanting bamboo forest  communicate in three languages – English,  Mandarin and  Thai – paving the way for the future that lies ahead, giving them the opportunity to step ahead right from the start.

“The play’s the thing.” – Hamlet

The study of play has a long history: philosophers, historians, biologists, psychologists and educators from Plato to Piaget have concluded that play is central to learning, allowing children to imitate adult behavior, practice motor skills, process emotions, and learn about their world. One thing play is not, is frivolous. Rather, both free play and guided play are essential for the development of social and academic skills, and research now confirms what Piaget knew all along, that:

“Play is the work of childhood.”

– Jean Piaget

To Sir Ken Robinson, three things come to mind when we talk about play: imagination, creativity and innovation. Imagination, he believes, is what fundamentally sets us apart from the rest of life on earth.

“We are embodied, we’re not just brains on a stick.”

– Sir Ken Robinson

On a practical level, free play and guided play help to foster sociability and confidence as well as the child’s ability to manage their own behaviour and emotions, practice their negotiating skills, learn how to take turns, make friends, and get along with others.

In addition to social learning, free play and guided play also support academic achievement, and research shows that children in pre-schools that take a playful approach test better in reading, language, writing and math than those in a more teacher-directed environment, and that a more engaging and interesting atmosphere fosters better learning well into elementary school.

At the Early Learning Centre, we understand that high-quality social and academic development requires high-quality environments, from the calming peace of a quiet space to the positive energy of a play space, each creating and supporting the other and, most important, the children.

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”

– Mr. Rogers

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We respond to the curious nature of young children by providing them with rich experiences that encourage a 'sense of wonder'.

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Highly qualified professionals provide support & services, both inside and outside of the classroom, to students and families.

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Discover a beautiful, blissful bamboo forest right in the heart of Bangkok.

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