EARLY YEARS LEARNING FRAMEWORK
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Australian Government has developed the Early Years Learning Framework to ensure your child receives quality education programs in their early childhood setting. The Framework's vision is for all children to experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life and describes childhood as a time of belonging, being and becomming:
PLAY IS LEARNING
Play is very important for children. Through play children explore, communicate, discover, imagine and create. They are showing what they have learnt and what they understand.
This is why play is one of the foundations of the Early Years Learning Framework. By using this Framework our educators guide your child's play by carefully designing learning activities and stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments.
WATCHING YOUR CHILD'S PROGRESS
Using the Framework we observe your child's learning to build on and plan the next steps. We will keep in touch with you regularly to discuss your child's progress and use photos and other documentation to show what your child is learning, how they are developing and what particular learning interests them. Before your child starts school we will share this information with your childsnew teacher to ensure the school is well prepared to continue your child's learning.
As the most important person in your child's life you can make a difference by talking regularly with your child's educator and asking about their learning. By working together parents and educators can enhance your child's learning and wellbeing.
The Kindiclub Preschool aims to provide a quality care and educational program for your child. Our curriculum is focussed on holistic development and as such attends to the social, emotional, physical, language and intellectual development of each child. We are aware of the children's interests, abilities and needs. We encourage exploration, experimentation and investigation and facilitate this through individual, small or large group experiences. We believe that parents are the child's first educators and that we are an extension of the home environment. In order to maximise the benefits of our program, we need to work in partnership with families and maintain open communication and a two-way sharing of knowledge.
Our role is to enhance learning through planning and interactions with children, while encouraging, extending and valuing children's spontaneous learning. Children are the focus of the curriculum and each child is viewed as a co-constructor of learning, as well as an individual learner with similarities and differences between individuals and within and between groups of children. Opportunities are provided in the curriculum for all children to use and develop their particular abilities and interests. We facilitate learning by extending, applying and where necessary, introducing new experiences that stimulate each individual's interest and learning. Experiences need to be ongoing and sustained to enable adequate depth and breadth of investigations to maximise learning potential.
The Role of Staff in the Learning Process
The staff at The Kindiclub Preschool will observe your child throughout the day. The observational process used to collect information on your child forms the basis of the individual profile. The child portfolios identify each child as a unique individual. These portfolios are used as the starting point for planning activities offered to children within the daily program. As a professional team we will design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies and learning experiences that will enhance the overall physical, social, emotional, language and intellectual development of individual children based upon the interests of each child.
Our program is predominately hands on. We believe children are active learners and have a great need to explore. A gradual understanding of social skills is also encouraged i.e. turn taking, listening to others, co-operation and sharing. Development of language skills is also encouraged, learning experiences that are planned cater for individual needs and cover a range of activities such as art/craft, songs, stories, construction, music, drama and socio-dramatic play i.e. dress ups, home corner etc. A lot of learning happens through exploration, thus we focus on the process rather than the product.
As Children begin to prepare for School
At this age the children are encouraged to initiate, explore, investigate and become problem solvers. We also focus on the children developing an understanding to co-operation, caring for their peers and becoming responsible for their own actions. Therefore, the program focuses on fostering self-esteem, communication, socialisation and self-help skills. During this time children will also partake in art/craft, science, music, language and literature, fine and gross motor skills, drama and movement as well as communication experiences.