We believe children are extremely capable and should be involved in planning and constructing opportunities to learn. Our programs provided are primarily play based and is organised to emphasise the interests of children and to facilitate their learning by encouraging them to take an active part in selecting experiences and tools, guiding them in carrying out research and choosing relevant activities in order to follow these interests through.
We work in small groups, both formal and informal, coming together for some routines and occasional experiences such as visiting children’s entertainers etc.
Our program is based upon guidelines from the Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming”.
Our rooms are arranged to provide for a variety of activities, work areas and interest centres designed to give children opportunities to develop skills, techniques and to expand their ideas. We aim to provide an environment in which children will feel at ease and in which they will be stimulated to learn and to value their own work and that of others.
A variety of materials for construction, dramatic, art and cognitive activities are provided and include opportunities for solitary or group work.
We believe our role is to facilitate children’s learning through providing a variety of activities based upon children’s interest and observed needs and through the introduction of related activities which we plan as a meaningful extension of children’s experience and skills We monitor children’s progress through a process of observation, discussion and documentation of the learning process. We use written records, photographs and samples of the children’s work which may be presented in a portfolio or journal form for each child. This information is also available to you to share with your child and with family and friends.
We aim for the pre-school experience will help each child develop a positive attitude to learning, responsibility, self-discipline and self-esteem. We believe these attributes will serve children best as they move on to formal education in a variety of settings.