Our Programs ensure that a wide range of experiences are made available to children during their day, in both their indoor and outdoor environments. We recognise that each child has their own unique timetable for development and we value each child’s individual needs, interests and strengths. We provide a structured curriculum whilst allowing the children time to learn at their own pace.
Our children experience their learning and play in open-plan classrooms covering all areas needed for their development. Our spaces feature theatrical stages for dress-up and drama, home corners, construction areas, literacy based activities, mathematical based activities and science based activities as well as indoor active areas for in-room physical activities. Our indoor space opens out onto a generous outdoor play area that includes a cubby house, sandpit, play equipment, barn, vegetable garden and a mix of trees and shrubs along with plenty of shade.
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become competent and capable learners. The curriculum encourages children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident inquisitive learners.
Our programs embrace the Emergent Curriculum, focusing on the interests of the children, coupled with other leading philosophies such as Reggio Emilia and the Early Years Learning Framework. With a special focus on school readiness we encourage each child to reach their maximum potential at their own pace with the aim of their achieving advanced standing on their entry to school.
In an emergent curriculum the sources of the curriculum stem from the child, their teacher and their interaction with their environment. Emergent emphasises that spontaneity always has a place in the setting where children play and learn.
Whilst being spontaneous there is also a curriculum whereby the teacher plans the settings, to motivate, stimulate and excite the children. Both approaches are highly focused on the interests of the child with positive outcomes achieved from the reciprocal exchange between children and teachers.
We believe that Children learn through play. Opportunities are provided through programs and routines that will allow each child to learn self-discipline and independence while feeling free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate throughout the day.
Our program includes school readiness components that are designed to help children aged 4-5 years build the confidence and skills to get ready for the milestone of reaching primary school. We aim to ensure our children have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is inspired by Reggio Emilia approach to present them with the best possible learning experiences. Our school readiness program is a structured learning experience that encompasses all of the traditional learning domains.
Our program encompasses traditional learning domains such as mathematics, literacy and science. That being said, we aim to focus on helping little ones develop healthy social skills. We aim to ensure that our children will learn how to share and cooperate, to work together and take turns, to participate in group activities, to follow simple directions, and to communicate wants and needs. Knowing how to do these things builds self-esteem and confidence and helps prepared our children for their transition to school.
We also accommodate speech pathologists and paediatric occupational therapists (as needed) to make it easier for families to make the most of their day-care hours, giving them more quality time back during the week to spend as a family.
Essentially we help children become school-ready through:
Our programs are led by our Degree Qualified Early Childhood Teacher and supporting qualified educators who are skilled in maximising learning outcomes for children. Our aim is to ensure that each and every child is fully prepared for school and life beyond.