The program is based on individual child’s dispositions, needs, strengths and interest. The program is enriching and stimulating as play forms the basis for the children’s learning and exploration and develops skills that are important for transitioning to primary school.
“When you asked me what I did in preschool today and I say, ‘I just played.’ Please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I am learning as I play. I am learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. Today I am a child and my work is play.” –Anita Wadley, 1974
The kinder follows an emergent curriculum which focuses on providing overall development of the children for school transition and teaching children everyday life skills. The benefit of this approach enables the program to be organised based on the children’s budding interests, passions, strengths and needs. The topics of interest that emerge are often linked to children’s play, their thinking, experiences at home, a community event, and priorities that emerge from conversations between children, children and teachers, children and parents, and parents and teachers etc. These interactions and observations are important as part of the teacher’s intentional teaching practices. Through a program which is based on stimulating play experiences, the children build and further develop valuable skills as well as learn new ideas and concepts. Problem solving, literacy, numeracy, using technology as a tool to provide more innovative teaching method, creativity and social skills are fostered through these play experiences.
The program meets the needs of all children as the experiences are based on STEAM and the children’s strength’s, interests and their development. The children work with the teachers in small groups as well as individually.
The sessions for 4 year old Kindergarten are run four days a week Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm. To meet the 15 hours Kindergarten requirement, children will be required to attend a minimum of 2 days.
Children are only able to access one funded 4 year old kindergarten program. If children are enrolled at this centre they cannot access another kinder.
In Term 4, children going to school the following year have the opportunity to visit various Schools within the local community introducing them to all aspects of school life, e.g. outside toilets, school assembly, different rooms for different activities, use of library, art room, and classroom and different lunch routine. They are accompanied by the pre-school teacher and a staff member.
Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm