The Educational program is based on the early Years learning and Development Framework ( National and Victorian). The program responds to children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming by acknowledging the different groups children belong to, recognising the significance of the present and building skills to enable them to participate in society fully and actively in the future.
Children’s demonstrated interests permit staff to design a program that will provide developmentally appropriate, play based activities designed to facilitate children’s learning towards the five learning outcomes identified in the framework:
- 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 communicators.
The program will be designed to meet the needs of the group as a whole, as well as building unique strengths, capabilities, interests, and experiences of each individual child. The program will be developed in collaboration with families and children.
In our program we aim to create an environment where children can:
- Feel safe, secure and valued
- Know that their rights and respected and individuality and creativity is encouraged
- Gain confidence in themselves and their abilities.
- Build concentration and persistence.
- Learn to express their feelings and ideas.
- Develop skills for engaging in shared learning experiences; interacting with care, empathy and respect, negotiating, turn taking, problem-solving, and recognising the achievements of others.
- Work independently on tasks of their own choosing, in small groups and as part of a larger group.
- Develop their physical skills in order to interact with the environment, develop strength and control, assist eye-hand coordination and contribute to motor development.
- Gain a desire for learning, to ask questions, explore possibilities and plan outcomes.
We also strive to:
- Cater to different learning styles by providing a wide range of learning experiences including art, construction, music, drama, science, literature, numeracy, role-play, sensory experiences and physical play.
- Celebrate the cultural diversity of our community.
- Foster integration and ensure that every aspect of a special need is facilitated.
- Provide an environment free from gender bias or stereotyping.
- Promote respect for the environment and sustainable practices.
- Form strong partnerships with parents based on mutual respect.
The educational content will include a combination of child and adult initiated, open ended and skill-based active and passive pursuits as well as group and individual activities. Observations and assessments of children’s learning form part of an ongoing cycle of planning and evaluating the program. It will be documented and shared with families on a regular basis.