PORTRUSH COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP IS THE ONLY SETTING IN THE TRIANGLE AREA WHICH USES THE HIGHSCOPE APPROACH.
High/Scope is an approach to early learning which identifies and builds on children’s strengths, interests and abilities. It is an approach designed to develop self-esteem and problem solving skills. It has been developed and practiced over a 40 year period and is now widely used internationally.
High/Scope aims to involve parents in their children’s learning, and throughout the year information meetings will be held in the playgroup. For further information you can read about the highscope approach on www.early-years.org/highscope
The Highscope playroom is divided into a number of areas, which are separated by low cupboards, furniture and shelf units. This gives the children clear boundaries and ensures that all areas are visible to the adult observer. Each area has its own sign, showing the type of activity on offer. The materials are kept in low level unit and are all clearly labelled to show children where items belong. This encourages children to choose and put away equipment for themselves, as everything is easily and readily available and identifiable.
The main principle of Highscope is that active learning is essential for young children to develop their own knowledge of life. They do this though exploration of materials they have chosen, meaningful situations, individually and in groups, supported by interested and encouraging adults.