At kindergarten we don’t have a curriculum which is given to us by the Department of Education. A National Framework underpins our program and ensures that every child has a sense of Being, Belonging and Becoming. Building strong, respectful relationships with children and families is paramount in our program, as is fostering a community of learners.
At kindergarten we observe the needs of the group and we plan our program based on observations of the children, as well as their interests, encouraging investigation, inquiry, discussion, collaboration, negotiation, etc.
Our program is play-based, as research shows that young children learn best this way. Young children learn when the experiences are meaningful to them and relevant to them.
Our focus is on encouraging the children to develop and establish new friendships. We might do this by playing name games so that we get to know our friend’s names, we might discuss at mat time what it means to be a good friend. These discussions often lead to experiences which a child may bring to the group.
At kindergarten we are always looking for ways to encourage children to share, take turns, listen to what other children have to say, help other people (eg with a puzzle), wait our turn, be considerate of other people, play nicely so that we don’t hurt or upset others and the list goes on.
When we set up a game at a round table for four children it is to encourage turn taking skills. When we set up play dough at the round table we are encouraging children to face each other and engage in conversation with their peers.
We provide opportunities for all children to participate in small group and larger group activities during mat time and encourage each child to contribute to the group discussion.
Although we don’t have a prescriptive curriculum we do plan our program to encourage the children to develop relationships, further develop the skills they have and encourage them to move to the next stage in their development. We provide a well-balanced program which includes literacy, numeracy, art, music, dramatic play, science and more.
We believe that the kindergarten years are the most enjoyable and enriching years in a child’s life and we look forward to working with your child next year.