FOLLOWING research presented by the University of Wisconsin last year, which found that interactive digital screens can be beneficial to children’s learning, Enchanted Forest Nurseries has invested in new technology across its nurseries.
This represents an investment of almost £15,000 by the owners of the award-winning Scottish chain, which provides care for over 400 children daily at its nurseries in Erskine, Thornliebank, Greenock and Inverkip.
All staff have completed training on the tilting digital C-Point Interactive Tables, which have now been installed in the three-to-five years’ rooms.
Designed with youngsters in mind, the table is the same height as a normal nursery table and built of solid aluminum with a safety glass touchscreen.
Mariessa Devlin, co-founding director of Enchanted Forest Nurseries, comments: ‘‘We always keep a close watch on research into this area and believe these digital tables offer a unique way for youngsters to learn while having fun.
“Their content covers the Curriculum for Excellence, and combines fun games and activities with creativity, learning about numeracy and literacy, the world around us, emotions, responsibility, music with lots of other fun and educational programs available besides.
“In addition, we will also be able to save the children’s work from the tables for their Individual Learning Stories and even better we can provide these direct to the parents by email, enabling them to print from home, which really is an added bonus.”
Whilst the screens are expected to be extremely popular with the children, Enchanted Forest Nurseries will ensure that more traditional forms of learning continue to be embraced.
Storytelling, active play as well as trips to local places of interest continuing to take place, courtesy of the chain’s branded mini bus, will all remaining firmly in place.
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