Fun learning for little folk

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The team behind a Leeds attraction which aims to raise literacy standards among primary school children is turning its attention to preschoolers.

Two years after opening the Rainbow Factory, which specialises in storytelling through the creative arts, its directors have now launched ‘We Are Mini’.

Its new classes and courses give young children the chance to develop important life skills.

Hazel Merlino, managing director of the Rainbow Factory and founder of We Are Mini, said: “Our courses use science and craft-based activities, sensory exploration, songs, games and free-play, to encourage youngsters to develop their imagination. They’re designed to kick-start a love of learning and encourage creative thinking, with classes designed around key learning areas – the six Rs.”

The six Rs are: relationships, resourcefulness, resilience, risk-taking, reflection and relevance.

The courses are underpinned by Chris Quigley’s ‘Planning a Skills Based Curriculum’ and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Development Matters document.

We Are Mini is aimed at babies, toddlers and preschoolers. One course has been designed for two to three-year-olds and the other for three to five-year-olds. We Are Mini will also run Messy Play and Creative Messy Play sessions.

Unlike the Rainbow Factory, We Are Mini is a Community Interest Company.

Classes and courses will take place at the Rainbow Factory, Farsley, in a specially-designed extension from September 11, with taster sessions from September 4 to September 7.