We have embraced the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and its principles in belonging, being and becoming. This framework allows us to contribute to children’s worlds by using their interests, cultures, communities, and family adventures when planning learning experiences. These family adventures are a great addition to the program which children respond to positively, and extend their knowledge on a particular topic. Children feel very satisfied when sharing their adventures with their fellow peers.
Also when programming, our pre-school educators have developed a strong focus on individualised learning where children are observed on an individual basis. We then use these observations to plan experiences for a child based on their interests, abilities and their parent’s goals and feedback. These observations can be seen documented in your child’s Wombat or Koala learning areas, as well as in their developmental journals.
In accordance with our pre-school’s philosophy, we have designed our program to offer a vibrant, flexible setting with spaces that are responsive to each child’s interest and abilities. We provide a developmentally appropriate environment in which each child can progress from one developmental stage to the next at their own pace. By working in partnerships and collaborating with families where everybody is valued, we believe we can provide a holistic approach to children’s learning and lives.
For the children in the Koala group that are preparing to attend school the following year, we have an extensive and thorough School Readiness Program. Our School Readiness Program begins in September and continues for the rest of the year, replacing rest time. This program includes:
- Pre-literacy skills
- Pre-numeracy skills
- Preparation for a smooth transition to school
- Introducing the concept of school to children
- Social and emotional preparation
- Developing communication skills
- General knowledge of the world
- Stimulating children’s interests in learning
- Developing an awareness of limits and rules and understanding why we have them
- Setting a foundation for school life
- Promoting independence, self-help skills and confidence
- Phonological awareness
- Developing a positive sense of self
- Developing receptive and expressive skills.
We challenge the children and support these skills throughout the year, however this program focuses more intensely on the children’s skills and abilities as the time draws nearer to them attending big school.