Our centre provides creative, stimulating and innovative programs that support children to achieve their learning outcomes listed in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). Our educational program changes and varies as it is built on and responds to the individual (children, families, and staff) who are involved with the centre and their changing interests, needs and circumstances. Our every day practices are based on the EYLF
Our kinder teachers and educators complete individual planning recordsand children profiles for each child. This information forms the basis of individual plans, thus meeting the needs of each child. This program is regularly evaluated and parent input is actively encouraged and sought. All educators are involved in program planning. In our kinder program, children will develop their ability to think, use and recognize language. Their gross motor and fine motor skills will be developed through play, dance, music, art, dance, movement and interacting our qualified teachers and staff members. Most importantly, children will be learning to become an effective learner as develop their communication skills, build their self-confidence, learn to be creative, and develop competencies that help them with reading, writing and mathematics.
School transition is integrated into the kindergarten program throughout the year to ensure your child has the social, emotional and physical skills to enable them to be prepared to begin their primary school education. Throughout the year we encourage families to discuss their child’s development or any concerns they may have with the Kindergarten teacher at any time.
Throughout the year we also offer parent/teacher interviews as a more formal time for a parent and a teacher to talk. They are often held shortly after Developmental Summaries are completed so that achievements and concerns can be discussed. Just like every child is different, so will each parent/teacher interview. This will reflect that individuality. However, the following matters are often discussed: All areas of development for the child - samples of work may be shown, the parent's and teacher's expectations for the child, how the teacher evaluates progress, joint development of a plan to help the child overcome any problems and to continue important accomplishments; and how parents and teachers can work together on a continuing basis to encourage the child to do well.
Our Preschool/transition program focuses on supporting children in becoming valuable community members and cooperative learners ready to take the next step in the educational life.
By encouraging the children to write and draw daily. Starting with familiar words such as their name and the names of their friends. Through story telling we help the children to understand and identify that print has meaning and to differentiate between text and images.
We will surround your child in numbers through play in order for them to develop an awareness that numbers are used for counting and many other things such as measurement, mass and addition.
We will enhance your child's physical development through activities that will involve drawing, manipulating a variety of materials such as small objects, threading clay and play dough. Gross motor development activities will strengthen their upper and lower body strength, run, jump and balance.
We will encourage children to develop and reinforce self help skills including using the toilet unassisted, dressing and undressing themselves, independently.
The skills listed above are important in supporting a preschooler through to school. There is always a misconception that children should be “taught” in preschool. Yes we do teach the children through their interests and needs but not because they require academic success to begin school. It is our duty to assist a preschool child in transitioning to school through a variety of experiences and making each a confident learner, they have the rest of their lives to be taught.
It is important to emphasize that the school readiness program enables the children to use their current skills and interests as a basis for learning rather than requiring children to complete academic tasks. Children will not be “forced” into completing academic tasks such as letter worksheets, number worksheets etc. However, if a child is interested in these tasks then by all means it can be added onto the program for children to participate in if they choose. Our goal is to make each individual child into a confident learner and to set the foundation for lifelong learning.
At our centre we also offer free extra-Curricular Activities program for our children. All children have the opportunities to participate in our wonderful extra-curricular activities programs throughout the week. Extra-Curricular weekly Activities we offer: