Daily routines are a fundamental part of an infant’s development. Educators encourage positive relationships with the children and support the child’s learning. This is done by constant talking, touching, singing and chanting. This age group learns through play, including water play, sand play, building blocks, imaginative play, music experiences and games.
The toddler group learns through play. They discover and involve themselves, their group, friends and the world around them. Our educators facilitate the toddlers in activities such as sand play, play dough, painting, texture/natural collage, water play, blocks, cars, bikes, puzzles, etc. A daily diary is supplied to each child with all routines, i.e. meals, nappy changes, sleep times, etc. This is sent home each evening for the parent/guardian to keep up to date of their child’s progress. It is also a communication book between staff and the child’s parent/guardian.
This program is developmentally appropriate to suit the needs of a 3 year old. Pre-kinder children will be developing a sense of self and developing a picture
of themselves that affects the ways they approach any situation, task, or relationship with another person. Developing a self-concept and the picture they have of themselves as learners: is it okay to be curious, to explore, to ask questions, to tackle problems, to try to figure things out, to experiment? Is it okay to try something and fail sometimes? Being a good learner means having a go, seeing yourself as capable and taking reasonable risks. Our educators appreciate the uniqueness of each child, and respect and respond to their feelings, needs and interests. We practice patient teaching about acceptable behaviours and provide materials and experiences to learn from and have fun.
This program is designed to prepare children for their first year at school and focuses simultaneously on social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
The program is operating on a daily basis and utilises an approach that integrates a variety of curriculum areas such as language and writing, mathematics, science and technology, creative arts, music, drama, and physical education. These planned activities provide a balance of formal and informal experiences for individuals, small groups and the whole group. At times, incursions with specialist teachers are catered for, as well as excursions to a variety of places, that give further exposure to the wider community.