PARMELIA pre-schoolers last week discovered how much “divetente” (fun) learning a new language can be through play.
Mission Australia’s Parmelia Early Learning Centre is one of the first to pilot an inventive second language program rolled-out across the State.
Developed by Class Professionals, the eight-week program began at the Parmelia centre on October 22.
It involves the 3-5 year olds being taught the basics of the Italian language through a range of fun and interactive activities including music, drama, games, cookery and story-telling.
Following the present Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Framework, the lessons in the program have been developed by early years teachers and will be delivered by fully qualified teachers.
Class Professionals managing director Sam Pintaudi was excited to introduce the initiative to the Parmelia pre-schoolers.
“We know learning a language in the early years can do amazing things for our children, including increasing their self-confidence, cultural awareness and cognitive development,” Mr Pintaudi said.
“We are looking forward to a successful pilot program with Mission Australia and the growth of the programme throughout WA childcare centres in 2016.”