In our program we focus on a play-based curriculum as a context for learning. We believe that an environment that supports learning through play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, explore, problem solve, construct, imagine, and build meaningful relationships.
Planning is also guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children’s learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Early Years Learning Framework describes childhood as a time of belonging, being, becoming.
· Belonging: is the basis from which children have a sense of belonging built from the relationships they have with their family, community, culture and place.
· Being: is about the importance of childhood and the living in the here and now.
· Becoming: is about the learning and development that young children experience in the early years. Children begin to develop a sense of identity during these early years.
Through the framework’s five learning goals educators will assist your child to develop:
· A strong sense of identity
· Connections with their world
· A strong sense of well being
· Confidence and involvement in their learning; and
· Effective communication skills
The Early Years Curriculum is a holistic approach, encompassing a wide range of teaching strategies and is promoted through emergent, child-initiated and intentional teaching experiences and interactions. Educators value and build upon children’s strengths, skills and knowledge. Open-ended experiences are provided with children given time, space and materials to express their own ideas and thinking.
We respect that you as a parent, are your child’s first educator and we embrace the vital role you play in your child’s life and their ongoing learning. We therefore aim to provide many opportunities for you to join your child in the classroom and encourage you to take part in various activities throughout the year.