At Benowa Early Learning Centre, we provide individualised programs to support children’s emotional and social intelligence and our educational programs cater to each child’s particular interests and skill development in all age groups. From as young as 2 years of age we offer specialised pre-reading and writing activities and interactive technologies, along with the Innovative Mindup Program, Words Their Way, THRASS and Brain Gym.
Throughout the year Benowa Early Learning Centre invites the Griffith University Masters of Speech Pathology Graduate Students to assess all children for speech, language and communication skills. In previous years, parents have been very impressed with the information gained by their interactions and assessment of their children. Many families speak very highly of the benefits. We are also blessed to have one of our former parents and very well regarded, Amanda Dansky, as the Speech Pathologist Supervisor.
All educators involved also benefit greatly from the clinic that runs for eight weeks, learning new speech games and reinforcing communication styles to continue to foster the children’s language and speech development. The Speech Pathology students hold an information night and make referrals to families whose children require additional assistance and enrichment after assessment.
MONDAY – 9.30am
Healthy Lifestyle Active Kids Program
The Centre provides an Active Kids program every Monday morning for all children over 2 years, including those in Junior Kindy, Senior Kindy, Pre Kindy and Kindergarten. The children are taken through a variety of personalised gross motor skills, co-ordination and fitness activities. This is a complimentary program provided by Benowa Early Learning Centre using qualified fitness instructors from the Healthy Lifestyle Club.
All the children thoroughly enjoy the activities and are really excited and engaged in each lesson, that they all want to share how much exercise they are doing. The program begins by focusing on the basics and a little bit of work on balance, then extends into using the obstacle course for gross motor skills, learning new bodyweight strength exercises and of course playing games and having lots of fun.
The program at the beginning of each year commences with a focus on gross motor skills/co-ordination training. This part of the program lays the foundations for the rest of the year. A lot of the drills in this block of training are focussed around using the agility ladder. The next block of training, the children are taught about special awareness and playing in a team environment. This is really fun because the children get to play lots of games, which they love. The third block of training, which has just commenced, is all about improving balance. There are a lot of different and fun drills the children will do to improve their balance.
At the end of each lesson, the instructor then talks with the children about the different ways they can keep themselves fit and healthy, including:
- The difference between ‘sometimes’ foods and ‘all the time’ foods.
- Why breakfast is so important for us to eat.
- How many meals a day they should be eating.
- The importance of exercise.
We encourage all families to talk to your children about these topics at home.
Exercise and fitness are very important for Children because it helps them in so many ways including:
- Exercise makes for a healthy heart.
- Lowers your risk of diabetes.
- Helps with bone strength.
- Boosts energy levels.
- Helps manage stress.
- Starts good healthy habits for life.
- Increases muscle strength.
Here are some other tips to help you with exercising with your Children:
- Make exercise easy such as a brisk walk, bike riding and swimming are all good options.
- Make it a family exercise time.
- Jumping, jogging and running are all great exercises as your child gets fitter.
- Plan to exercise with your kids and stick to it.
- Last of all, the most important thing is to make it FUN so that your kids will want to do it all the time.
TUESDAY – 9.15am
Intro Tennis Program
An ongoing professional program designed specifically for 2½- 6 year olds. This program will introduce your child to the basics of tennis; reward each child with a medal for perseverance; develop gross motor skills and hand eye coordination; increase confidence and learning ability; build team play and group participation and be lots of fun. Lessons are every Tuesday and Friday with Miss Carol and you only pay for lessons attended.
MONDAY AND THURSDAY – 9.00am
United Funk Dance Academy Program
Miss Jenni, Principal of United Funk Dance Academy runs Funky Feet Dance classes every Thursday morning at Benowa Early Learning Centre.
Classes are held in the very spacious upstairs training room and are limited to small classes.
Bookings must be made through the front office or by contacting Miss Jenni Evans on 0411 626 449, and payments are made directly to United Funk Dance Academy.