We strive to create a learning community where children feel safe, protected and able to develop confidence and positive self-esteem. Our kindergarten is built upon the principles of positive communication, tolerance and understanding, which we endeavour to pass on to every child in our service.
A child’s family members are their first teachers, and, as such, we highly value the contributions and participation of family members in our service. We offer many opportunities for family involvement in curriculum and kindergarten activities and family members are welcome to visit at any time.
We develop our learning programs through the lens of the five learning outcomes of the National Early Years Learning Framework, incorporating the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. The Outcomes are:
* Children have a strong sense of IDENTITY
* Children are CONNECTED with, and CONTRIBUTE to their world
* Children have a strong sense of WELLBEING
* Children are confident and involved LEARNERS
* Children are effective COMMUNlCA TORS
Educators, through their knowledge and understanding of the many and varied stages of child development, their participation in professional development programs, and their continuing awareness of both the national and Victorian Early Years Learning Frameworks, aim to provide learning experiences best suited to the individual needs and abilities of each child. We aim to achieve this by implementing
and evaluating a child focused, play – based program that extends upon the children’s interests and prior learning. Our program incorporates Science and Technology, Literacy and Language, Physical Development and Nutrition, Mathematics and the Arts and nurturing each child’s social, emotional, linguistic, cognitive (intellectual), and physical development.
We currently offer two groups of 4 year old kindergarten over 4 days, for a total of 15 hours per week.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF OUR PROGRAM
Early Literacy Experiences – Honey or Ted Bear visit our children over several evenings, and while there, are photographed and the visit documented in words and pictures by children, with the help of parents. Stories are then collated into a book for use in the children’s library. The Treasure Box is used to give the children the opportunity to share an item of importance from home, with their peers and educators.
The Polyglots – Early Learning Languages Australia -For the past 4 years we have trialled and implemented the ‘learning about languages’ program, via the use of I Pads. This year’s language has been French. Our first language was Arabic.
Let’s Count – Our kindergarten has been engaging with this program, via the Smith Family education team.
Let’s Read – accessing bi-lingual books and resources to assist our many and varied family cultures and backgrounds.