The Cubby Hole
The Cubby Hole is a rather peculiar little room found at the top of our house. Under the sloping roof sits a fireplace and a wide window overlooking the rooftops of Christchurch; a place to peer out of and create tales of the goings on below.
We have designed The Cubby Hole as a communication room, where our children are able to explore a range of materials that will support their literacy, speech and development. Textures, objects and open-ended resources that are unfamiliar to our children provide a vast range of opportunities, leading to new discoveries.
With today’s child surrounded by a digital world, The Cubby Hole aspires to opening them up to unexplored methods of communication from times gone past. Use of rotary telephones, the typewriter and morse code are amongst the ways that our children can develop their use of the spoken and written word.
Keyboards and Braille show communication through touch and allow our children to experience tactile methods whilst also developing an understanding of how other ways to read and write. Personal recording and audio devices also enable experimentation with speech and voice.
Literacy and story time form a firm foundation for how all of our age groups can enjoy The Cubby Hole. Our children can explore stories, poetry and songs from a variety of authors, writers and composers. Practitioners use this space for dedicated story times and literary themed activities.
We believe that toys and games are of huge importance to a child’s development and education, allowing them to be led to new discoveries and unlocking potential. The Cubby Hole is home to the more traditional toys that had positive impacts on our own childhoods. Board games, microscopes and spinning tops encourage inquisitiveness, creativity and social skills when playing and collaborating with peers.
Our children are full of questions and ideas about the world around them. The Cubby Hole gives them the means to take their curiosities further. Globes, maps and telescopes turn them into little explorers, letting them delve into the world and its wonders.