Children are Confident and Involved Learners

Educational Curriculum

Kids @ Little School follow the Early Years Learning Framework. This is Australia's first National Early Years Learning Framework for Early Childhood Educators. The aim of this document is to extend and enrich children's learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school. We are committed to providing a developmental and educational curriculum which caters for each child's individual needs, abilities and interests. Our curriculum will continue to develop as we use the relationships children have with their families and communities, working in partnership with families to ensure each child's knowledge, ideas, culture, abilities and interests are the foundation of our curriculum.

We encourage children to be responsible for their own learning through choices in experiences, interests and routine. We use conversations, actions and play as the basis for teaching which involves the children being partners in teaching by seeking out ideas, opinions, thought, and questions. We encourage children in promoting their independence and self-help skills by assisting within the routine and involving the children in interest-based projects to further enhance their learning and knowledge. We value children and family input and encourage family involvement in order to gather a comprehensive and holistic view of the child.

 

Learning through Play

We know that children learn effectively through play and Educators who are diligent in their responsiveness to each child support this. Applying strong intentional teaching practices will provide the children with an authentic and meaningful learning environment that challenges, supports and nurtures a child's development.

If we as Educators have any areas of concern, we will inform you and advise where help may by persued, e.g. speech therapist. We understand this is a sensitive topic and it is always your decision to follow this up. Educators are willing to discuss any aspect of learning and development with parents.

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Kids @ Little School has a School Readiness Program in place in preparation for the children that are commencing kindergarten the following year. This program is led by our Early Childhood Teacher and assists children with developing basic skills for transitioning to school.

School Transition Statements are also completed at the end of the year to pass onto your child's kindergarten teacher outlining your child's developmental progress and achievements.

Early Years Learning Framework

Fundamental to the Framework is a view of children's lives as characterised by Belonging, Being and Becoming. From birth children are connected to family, community, culture, place. Their earliest development and learning takes place through these relationship, particularly within families, who bare children's first and most influential Educators. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understanding of the world.

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Belonging

Experiencing Belonging - knowing where and with whom you belong - is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children's independence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.

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Being

Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children's lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life's joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.

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Becoming

Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.