Growing a love of learning

IN a year where many families have spent more time at home than ever, the opportunity to come together with others for a shared experience has been a very welcome change.

Families are enjoying forming new connections after a period of lockdown and restrictions, while children are revelling in the ability to interact, engage, play and learn with others in a new setting.

While at home, children learnt new skills for independent play and learning and can now balance this with social play and interactions that support shared experiences, a different level of engagement, and their overall development.

milangkani, St Mary’s College’s Setup for Success program, is an opportunity for families with children aged birth to five to come together in a tailored environment to engage in a diverse range of play-based learning activities with their young peers.

milangkani (the palawa kani word for ‘grow’) connects with St Mary’s College’s learning vision statement ‘growing our love of learning’.

Sessions are run by early years coordinator Meg Kitchen and are focused on empowering parents and carers to support their children’s development.

Mrs Kitchen has more than 20 years of teaching experience and is class teacher of kinder koalas.

“Early learning at St Mary’s provides children with a solid foundation to develop and refine the skills needed for life,” Mrs Kitchen said.

The milangkani program offers an encouraging and nurturing environment for parents and carers to actively participate with their children in learning opportunities during the sessions, with each activity tailored to a unique learning outcome.

“We offer developmentally appropriate and individual learning opportunities, encouraging children to develop positive self-esteem, independence, empathy, resilience and a life-long love of learning,” Mrs Kitchen said.

All families in the greater community with children aged between birth and five years old are warmly welcome to attend milangkani at St Mary’s College in Harrington Street, Hobart.

milangkani takes place on Mondays (term-time only) from 9am to 10:30am and 11am to 12:30pm.

For more information on milangkani and to book into a session, visit www.smc.tas.edu.au/setup-for-success.

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