Creates environments that are warm, nurturing, engaging and challenging
Meets the basic needs of children so they can be free emotionally to explore the world
Promotes warm relationships between children, adults and peers
Encourages self-control and cooperation
Engages hard-to-reach children, and those with hyperactivity and sensory issues
Brings fun and exuberance into the lives of children
Enhances trust of others through concrete, personal and positive experiences
Addresses a child's cognitive, social and emotional development
The 2023 winner of the Victorian Early Years Awards Category 4: Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Barwon Child Youth & Family (now Meli) implemented Sunshine Circles® and observed a positive shift in overall outcomes identified for over 80% of all participants, with over 60% of children showing a decrease in challenging, uncooperative and distracted behaviours.
Sunshine Circles® can be used with children of any age, but is best known for pre-school/early years ages.
Read Research on its application here (Randomized Controlled Trial of an Attachment-Based Play Group with Preschool Students Who are At-Risk) and here (Enhancing Social-Emotional Skills in At-Risk Preschool Students).