Mixed Age Groups
Our Multi-Age Enrolment Model
Our change from peer grouping to family grouping was implemented in 2009. We have seen some great interactions between the younger and older children over the years!!
Alexandra Children’s Centre provides a multi-age learning environment. Children are grouped with other children of various learning stages. Children aged 18 months to 5 years are cared for in a multi-age group which allows toddlers and pre-schoolers to develop abilities and skills independently.
Grouping the children this way provides a family like feel to the child care setting. It provides smaller class size allowing Educators more 1 to 1 time with each child. Our multi-age program starts at 18 months of age and the child grows in this group until they leave for school. Each group has 6 children, a mix of toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Multi-age grouping allows the younger children to learn from the older children which promotes self-confidence in both groups.
Children are able to stay with the same Educator which helps the Educator to have deeper bonds with each child. Having this deeper bond allows the Educator to understand each child’s learning strategy, therefore enabling each child to obtain his or her highest learning potential.
Multi-age classroom benefits include lower teacher to child ratio and smaller classroom enrolments: maximum of 18 children versus 24.