Each room has qualified and experienced educators delivering a fun, educational and interesting daily program following the Early Years Learning Framework Curriculum. The program is developed from children’s needs, interests and strengths whilst allowing for spontaneous learning and taking into account the individual differences of each child.
Each child has a developmental portfolio that includes observation of children’s learning, art work and photos of experiences from throughout the year. These are readily accessible at any time by children and families and are kept by the children at the end of the year.
The Early Years Learning Framework
Our centre’s curriculum , programming and daily practices are underpinned by the values and beliefs of The Early Years Learning Framework: Belonging, Being and Becoming and its 5 learning outcomes.
Outcome 1 – Children have a strong sense of identity
Outcome 2 – Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Outcome 3 – Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Outcome 4 – Children are confident and involved learners
Outcome 5 – Children are effective communicators
OUR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Our Preschool program is taught by one of our University trained Early Childhood teachers.
So what exactly does it involve?
- Name writing, pencil grip (known as tripod or pincer grip), cutting/scissor skills, manipulation
- Literacy an Numeracy sills (number and letter recognition), shapes, colours, etc
- Concepts such as positions, opposites, sequencing, encouraging them to ask questions– who, why, how?
- Social skills– developing confidence and the skills they need to interact with others and to grow to become the individual child that they are.
- Self help skills– toileting, lunch boxes– opening them and items on their own, dressing themselves, shoes and socks etc
- Lengthening group times to extend their level of concentration.
- Cutting down rest times and encouraging relaxation time instead.
- Exposure to scientific concepts, addition and subtraction
- Weekly News/ show and tell.
- Computer literacy skills
- This is all done through fun learning experiences based on children’s likes and interests and what is happening at home and the world they live in.
PALS (Playing and Learning to socialise)
Our social skills program
The program aims to promote important social skills by teaching the children constructive ways to solve problems that arise in social situations. This is done in a fun and interactive way using stories acted out by puppets, video scenarios, probe questions, role play activities and songs.
Each week we focus on a different social skill.
Social skills taught include:
- Greeting others;
- Taking turns: Talking, listening, playing;
- Asking for help;
- Identifying feelings;
- Overcoming fear and anxiety;
- Managing frustration; and
- Calming down and speaking up.