Early Childhood Learning & Development
Educators utilise the environment and implement a strengths and play based program designed to support self discovery and achievement. A love of learning is promoted; interest and strengths are enriched and supported. Developing strong social skills are a key focus of daily interactions. The program activates enquiring minds, inspiring children to find solutions and answers. Children are encouraged to explore, problem solve, be creative and think laterally.
A strong transition to school program ensures children develop coping skills for the transition to primary school. School readiness reports are completed by early childhood teachers that demonstrate what learning outcomes are being achieved for your child.
Features of our programs include:
Technology, which is utilised to demonstrate the early childhood learning that the children achieve through their play and interactions with staff and peers.
Planned experiences based on the observations of children. These planned experiences are designed to develop new skills, consolidate current skills and encourage children to challenge themselves daily.
Spontaneous experiences are achieved as children access the equipment and through interaction with our thoughtfully designed learning stations
Project work allows children to deeply investigate topics of interest and to be involved in the centre’s emergent curriculum. Children are asked open questions as staff explore children’s understanding related to an interest or topic and provide further extension by sourcing or providing additional information to enrich their knowledge and developmental in all developmental domains.
Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
The Early Years Learning Framework forms the basis of our daily curriculum at St Agnes Early Education Centre. This framework was devised collaboratively with Early Childhood Professionals and the Australian Government and is strongly based on current Early Childhood research and Early Childhood theories.
The Framework promotes a play based curriculum to work toward the learning outcomes suggested in the frame work in all age groups. Educators hold a strong belief that learning is a journey rather than a destination and that play and teaching are linked and the result is a successful learner.
Our programs are complemented by Individual Learning Profiles for children in the 2-5 age groups.
The learning profile is a developmental record maintained and updated regularly by our Early Childhood Educators. Each child’s individual Learning Profiles consist of visual representation of your child’s capabilities, efforts, achievements and progress. They include photographs, learning stories, observations (both individual and group) and highlight your child’s development.
The Learning Profiles demonstrate to you the achievements and attempts to achieve specific learning outcomes and their involvement in a play based curriculum and the essential learning that emerges through interactions with their peers. The Learning Profiles are also made available to you on a regular basis and parents are encouraged to give feedback to establish a link between the learning in the centre and home and to ensure you child’s individual learning goals are achieved.
Rhythm of the Day
Rather than adhering to a rigid timetable our Centre responds to the 'Rhythm of the Day'. This approach still provides children with a structure for the day, allowing them to be secure in what happens next however it is flexible in delivery, ensuring the individual is a focus.