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Students from NRHS class visit child care centre, help with activities

Emily Mattatall helps children at the Spring Garden Child Care Centre as they use the slide at the care centre. Mattatall was part of a Northumberland Regional High School class that has been periodically visiting Spring Garden Child Care Centre over the past few weeks as part of their Child Studies class.
Emily Mattatall helps children at the Spring Garden Child Care Centre as they use the slide at the care centre. Mattatall was part of a Northumberland Regional High School class that has been periodically visiting Spring Garden Child Care Centre over the past few weeks as part of their Child Studies class. - Adam MacInnis

Children at the Spring Garden Child Care Centre showed their gratitude to some new friends from Northumberland Regional High School Wednesday by giving them bookmarks they’d made and singing a song for them.

It marked the end of a partnership that has seen NRHS students periodically visiting Spring Garden Child Care Centre over the past few weeks as part of their Child Studies class.

“They've been learning about child development and have planned and visited to implement activities with the children,” said Jennifer Wagner who owns the Spring Garden Child Care Centre.

The children have looked forward to those visits and Wagner hopes the students from NRHS have enjoyed it as well.

“It’s been a great chance to connect these two age groups,” she said.

The Spring Garden Child Care Centre focuses on play-based learning and students were able to see first-hand that learning approach in action.

Grade 11 student Isabella Mason said she really enjoyed getting to work with the children and help them learn small things like how to tie their shoe and read books.

Emily Mattatall agreed and said the experience will definitely have her considering whether to pursue a career in early childhood education.

NRHS teacher Dawn MacKenzie said there were 26 students who took part in the visits and she believes the experience will help foster a great understanding and empathy.

“It’s been a very positive experience,” she said.

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