21st Century Skills: Developing skills for the future

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At Guardian, our practices and programs help prepare your child for formal schooling and beyond.

The big issues facing future generations will require them to be innovative and adaptable – to think creatively and critically, and to find solutions which include the multiple perspectives of social, environmental, political, economic and cultural thinking.

As part of this, we work to develop skills that will help children to thrive in the 21st Century. These are called 21st Century skills and encompass the following areas:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication

Learning is a journey that never ends.

We believe setting the foundations for future success starts with a child who is confident and aware of our everchanging and globally connected world.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Margaret Mead

Jobs exist now that didn’t a few years ago, and there’ll be a whole host of jobs that will come into existence in the future. To prepare children for this, they need to have skills and aptitudes that allow them to think creatively, work together and problem solve. They also need to have resilience to keep going when things don’t work out and the confidence to try new things and ask questions. Our learning programs help to develop these skills in a variety of ways.

What does 21st Century learning look like at Guardian?

At Guardian, we don’t promote learning by rote or a one-size-fits-all approach and instead focus on individualised educational programs and learning through open ended play-based experiences.

Engagement is central to early learning and an engaged child shows concentration, persistence and eagerness in their inquiry. This focussed attention can be seen in our babies and toddlers through their constant investigations of their identity, relationships and environments.

At Guardian, playtime is more than just playtime!

Our educators are skilled at turning play into learning experiences that develop a range of skills including science, numeracy, literacy, and creative thinking – as well as 21st Century skills.

Here are just a few examples of what 21st Century learning looks like at our centres.

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