Our 3 year old kindergarten program is led by Kayla. The team are all experienced educators. The program runs all day from Monday to Friday. Research by the Mitchell Institute Pre-school – Two years are better than one, stated that “It is time for Australia to pursue a national commitment to ensuring all 3 year olds have access to high-quality early education by offering a second year of preschool.” They concluded that children would be more likely to reach their potential development by having two years of pre-school preparation for school.
We offer a unique curriculum for the Pre-Kindy children, which prepares them to take maximum advantage of their 4 year old Kindergarten year. Our programming is based on the Early Years Learning Framework, and the Montessori program. We also incorporate other Early Childhood Education best practice principles and methods in the program.
All children in the Pre-Kindy room are offered several sessions weekly where they learn with our experienced Montessori educator using the specialised Montessori equipment, where their progress is by sequential steps. This is carefully monitored and recorded. Additionally, self-help and Practical Life skills are encouraged during the day. For example, the children cut their own fruit, and scrape their plates after meals and assist to tidy up the environment.
Our play based curriculum is child-oriented, emerging from the children’s current interests, strengths, and development levels.The routine is relaxed, flexible and allows for both spontaneous and planned experiences. Children are encouraged to develop self-help skills, such as dressing, toileting, cutting fruit, and assisting with set up and clearing of meals. They grow in self confidence with their increasing independence.
Children are provided with interesting, aesthetically pleasing and engaging activities throughout the indoor and outdoor environments. Activities are designed to provide concepts that enhance understanding and learning in areas of literacy, maths, science, music, physical skills, environment, art and creativity. In Pre-Kindy we focus on growing self-confidence, problem-solving skills, self-esteem, co-operation, skill development and independence. Children are observed regularly and the program is developed to incorporate children’s current interests and identified strengths. The children are given choices of experiences and activities.
We have a wonderful outdoor area where children are free to choose and create their own experiences. Our outdoor spaces provide children with multiple opportunities to explore nature, sustainability and develop physical skills. Children have access to the development of edible gardens, as well as areas to run, explore and engage in quiet, solitary play.
Educators provide many small and whole group experiences, both indoors and out, to encourage co-operation and build on social skills such as turn taking and sharing, and learning to empathise with other children. The close association with Kindergarten children encourages learning from their older peers.
Excursions are part of the program, as well as visits from community helpers, such as fire fighters, police, dentist, and animal farms.
We communicate daily with parents, by conversation at drop off and pick up, and through individual internet transfer of photos, experiences and learning stories.
We encourage family participation and feedback across all aspects of our program. Families can contribute to our programs through many ways, and we value ideas and contributions from families.