Our Educational Program

Learning through play!

We view the child as an independent learner. Our play-based curriculum, guided by the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), creates an environment that engages, intrigues and supports constructive learning.

We take a holistic approach to teaching and learning and focus on children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and cognitive development and wellbeing.

The Prepare Early Education Program (EEP) is designed to cater for individual learning styles and encourages children to be confident, active participants in their learning.

The educational program that we provide is continuously reflected upon to ensure that children’s learning and development is always extended. Our planning cycle can be seen above. You have the opportunity to enrol your child in extra- curricular activities that benefit children’s learning and development. These consist of various sporting sessions, dance and drama lessons, language programs and other health and wellbeing programs. Incursions such as the egg to chicken hatching program, health and safety sessions and children’s storybook authors during book week are all organised to coincide with important educational events. Children’s excursions are great ways to connect your child with their community. These are organised throughout the year to complement our curriculum and further children’s understanding and knowledge of the world around them.

To ensure you know how your child is progressing, parent information sessions are organised throughout the year, along with ‘school readiness’ evenings where the local Principal is invited to attend. Parent/teacher meetings are great opportunities to communicate with the educators about your child’s progress, interests, development and goals. These are scheduled appointments that are organised throughout the year. Parent seminars on topics such as health and nutrition, behaviour guidance and child development are planned throughout the year to benefit all parents. Keep up to date with what’s happening on the Calendar of Events on our App!

We believe in developing a program that is co-constructed by the children and our educators to implement meaningful and purposeful learning. Our program is a balance of both structured and planned experiences, with opportunities for open ended play.

We focus strongly on the children’s interests, family input and the social possibilities within all experiences. These develop into investigations in small or large groups that aim to promote the children’s thinking skills, together with their literacy and numeracy knowledge.

Alongside these investigations we focus on each individual child’s development and work closely with families to create goals for the children, drawing on their professional knowledge to implement ways to achieve certain milestones or a specific learning outcome.

 

Pre-School Program

LITERACY

Fostering children’s language and literacy development by providing a rich language environment.

Outcomes include:

– Extending vocabulary using stories
– Creating a love of reading
– Phonemic awareness and letter-sound relationships

NUMERACY

There is more to numeracy than just counting, numeracy is using mathematical thinking on a daily basis. Building mathematical skills that will assist children in solving everyday problems.

Outcomes include:

  Counting forwards and backwards from 30
  Identifying numbers on a 100 number chart
  Two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes
  Lengths and distances, volume and capacity

SCIENCE

Our science curriculum provides hands-on experiences and experiments that stimulates curiosity and the inquiry process that allows children to explore and discover the fascinating world around them.

Outcomes include:

– Climate
– Human body
– Physical science

CREATIVE ARTS/SPORT

Our curriculum encourages and supports children’s creativity and imagination not only for its aesthetic value but also for its role in enhancing other areas of development.

Outcomes include:

Sport, Visual arts, music, drama and dance

 

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Our health and wellbeing program aims to encourage children to create healthy choices and positive decisions. It promotes confident learners as they discover themselves and construct their own identity.

Outcomes include:

– Balance of work, rest and play
– Yoga
– Fundamental movement skills
– Health and nutrition
– Cultural identity

SUSTAINABILITY

Children will develop positive attitudes and values to environmental learning and identify ways of providing a healthy environment for future generations.

Outcomes include:

– Saving water, recycling, organic gardening, reducing waste and reusing old materials
– How to be energy efficient

– Cultural identity

How you'll be kept involved and up to date

The educators at our centres work in collaboration with parents to provide a developmentally appropriate program. This combines knowledge of child development with the children’s individual and group needs, interests and strengths.

Documentation about the program and children’s learning is shared with families through a variety of avenues including:

  • Online documentation, discussions with educators, portfolios, room displays, newsletters and email communication.
  • Our educators communicate daily with parents about the child’s day, activities and general developmental progress.
  • Information is also shared through Parent Teacher Interviews, reports, online documentation, newsletters and Parent Information Evenings.

Preparing children for school

From an early age, children are developing skills that will enhance their later learning at school. Our curriculum is aimed at giving each child the social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills needed for success.

Manipulative play with activities such as threading and puzzles assists with the fine motor grip that is required for writing skills at school.

Literacy and numeracy also play a large part of school readiness and although not always intentionally planned for, these activities play a large part in the daily program for children of all ages.

  • As part of our curriculum we concentrate on child-centred learning and on developing essential skills that the children will need to transition to school with ease.
  • We recognise the importance of early literacy, numeracy and social and emotional development.
  • We believe that independence is a vital skill from an early age, aiding resilience, persistence and maturity and we embed this throughout our daily routine and planned experiences.
  • We encourage children to engage positively with one another and provide them with strategies to draw upon during challenging social encounters.
  • We celebrate children’s uniqueness and encourage children to express their emotions and develop self-awareness.