Gardening and Child Development
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
The Stephanie Alexander Gardening Program promotes garden to plate, fostering positive food habits through fun, hands on learning. The children at Dragonfly’s Early Learning Centre love getting their hands dirty in the garden, and the program provides the resources and ingredients to create a delicious, fun and rewarding learning experience.
Benefits of Gardening
Here are just some of the benefits of our gardening program:
The Stephanie Alexander Gardening Program provides the opportunity for children to learn about food first-hand. Children discover where food comes from, taking part in planting seeds and watching them grow. Once the produce is ready to be harvested, the children learn how to put together simple recipes, and their enjoyment and investment in their food is increased because they are able to take part in creating it.
Gardening provides abundant learning opportunities, and these life skills are taken beyond the centre, allowing children to continue to make healthy choices as they get older.
Gardening comes with a variety of developmental benefits to children. As well as helping children learn to make healthy choices, research has shown gardening can help children to acquire skills they need to be successful, happy and confident.
Research shows that gardening encourages children to be strong, active learners capable of thinking independently. The concentration used in gardening also delivers a calming effect that helps to reduce stress and anxiety and increases dopamine levels.
Community and Social
The Stephanie Alexander Gardening Program encourages children to be social and collaborative. Children interact with one another and the educators as they go through the process of planting, watering and harvesting the vegetables.
In addition to this, strong community bonds are created as parents play an active role in their children’s learning and life in the centre. At Dragonfly’s, we welcome parents to come into the centre to lend a hand in building and maintaining our beautiful gardens.
At Dragonfly’s Early Learning Centre, we believe that children learn best in a safe, loving and natural environment. The Stephanie Alexander Gardening Program assists us in providing a stimulating place where children are engaged in interactive and exploratory opportunities. Contact us today to learn more about our program!
Go to https://www.dragonflys.com.au/contact-us/
or call us on 07 5471 6500