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Educational Program and Practices

 

The curriculum we use at our kindergarten is based on the theory, principles and practices of:

Teachers then co-develop learning programs with the children which focus on this curriculum aligned with close observation of the interests and needs of each child in their individual groups.

Our curriculum has a vision that “all children experience learning that is engaging and builds success in life”. The Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline describes a set of five learning and development areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the Early Years Learning 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

 

Our staff are all very familiar with these curriculums and along with their knowledge of the children in their groups develop programs that are focused on the children’s ideas and interests.

Play is the primary context through which young children learn. Kindergarten children are encouraged to engage in a variety of types of play in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Play is a real life engagement for children and forms an essential part of their early development. We believe children learn best through play as it allows them to:

  • Imagine, investigate, wonder, plan, question, think, discuss, experiment and reflect in order to build knowledge and concepts of how the world works

  • Develop physical skills which enable them to function independently and confidently and further develop their strength and agility.

  • Develop self-confidence and to have a positive self-image.

  • Develop a range of appropriate pro- social skills and strategies including listening to others, turn taking, sharing and cooperation, using language to communicate with children and adults.

  • Develop a positive attitude to learning by being involved in decision-making regarding the program, the routine, the room and the rules.

  • Think imaginatively and to express themselves creatively through music, movement and art media.

 

Copies of our curriculum and the framework are always available, so please ask your teacher if you would like to read some more.

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