Curriculum

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The Early Years Learning Framework

The Emergent Curriculum (E.Y.L.F.)

As Educators we play an important role in curriculum decisions.

Our curriculum is based on the Early Years learning framework and delivered in accordance with that framework. It is also based on the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child, and considers the individuality of each child. We use a holistic approach to engage and guide the children’s learning and development, by observing their physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning. We recognise the importance of working in partnerships with families to enhance our curriculum. We support the practice of intentional teaching by engaging with the children in meaningful ways that support and extend on their learning. We use theoretical perspectives to explore how children learn and develop individually or in groups, they help influence the way we plan and work with children, we critically reflect on these outcomes both for the educator and child to improve and adapt our curriculum going forward.

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Why we need to inspire early learning.

One in five Australian children start school vulnerable in their social, emotional or cognitive development and will fail to catch up, according to the Australian Early Development Census. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children it’s more than two in five who are vulnerable.

According to the Australian early development census.
Evidence tells us that a person’s life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.

Both nature and nurture (genes and environment) influence children’s development. The quality of a child’s earliest environments and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial determinants of the way each child’s brain architecture develops.

Caring and supportive environments that promote optimal early childhood development greatly increase children’s chances of a successful transition to school. This, in turn, promotes children’s chances of achieving better learning outcomes while at school and better education, employment and health after they have finished school.

 

Why early learning is so important for children’s development.

Evidence tells us that a person’s life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.

Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways. Learning is not always predictable and linear. Our educators plan with each child and the outcomes in mind.

 

 

 

Approved Kindergarten Program

Approved Queensland Kindergarten program.

In the Kindergarten room we are exploring and discovering every day, preparing for a life long journey of learning. We operate a QLD Government approved Kindergarten program run by an Acecqa approved  Early Childhood Teacher. The program requires children to attend for a minimum 2 days per week to ensure your child meets the 15 hours of care.

We strive to make your child’s time with us both educational and fun. Our Educators strike a balance between child initiated and teacher led activities. These activities focus around your child’s interest and the natural environment around them. Our main aim in this room is to assist your child to be ready to enter a new school environment. 

Through our program your child will gain a variety of literacy and numeracy skills, identification of simple numbers and shapes, recognition skills such as identifying their belongings as well as developing their communications skills.

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School readiness Program

According to research access to good early childhood programs … can provide children with social and cognitive experiences that promote independence and positive attitudes to learning. Such quality programs facilitate the transition to school and underpin later academic success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Regulation

Is an integrated learning process, consisting of the development of a set of constructive behaviours that affect one’s learning. These processes are planned and adapted to support the pursuit of personal goals in changing learning environments.
Three cyclical phases seem to emerge in the acquisition of self-regulation skills.

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Critical Thinking:

Put another way, critical thinking is about knowing how to think, not what to think. Teachers use a number of techniques to help students learn critical thinking, starting as early as kindergarten and ramping up especially in 2nd grade and beyond. Below are a few of the methods educators employ; you can try them at home to help your child become a critical thinker.

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Early Childhood Learning Theorists

As Educators working with children, it’s important to understand each theoretical approach and use parts of different theorists in context. Each theorists’ ideas are independent of each other, but when put together, they give us a good overall understanding of how children develop as they age.

Below we have some early childhood developmental theorists that we use to base our curriculum on, this along with the E.Y.L.F and critical reflections give us the tools to help meet each child’s individual needs and keep us improving and developing our curriculum on a continuous basis.