Our program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG).
While the EYLF focuses on children from birth to five years, the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline (QKLG) aims to specifically enrich children’s learning in the Kindergarten Year.
The guideline describes a set of five learning and development areas that relate to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the EYLF:
- children have a strong sense of identity
- children are connected with and contribute to their world
- children have a strong sense of well-being
- children are confident and involved learners
- children are effective communicators.
Children and Educators constructing learning together.
Each day Play is encouraged, extended and supported by the Teachers and Educators at Kindy. We view children as confident and capable, and active participants of knowledge capable of informing everyday curriculum decisions. We encourage independence, and problem solving to everyday situations. At times this can look like negotiating a role in a Play, resolving a conflict through peer relationships, or deciding what is fair in managing who’s turn it is on the swing or monkey bars.
Educators offer time and support to children as they model the development of important skills and new understandings to real life problems and situations.
In preparation for future schooling success our goal is to support children in the development of important dispositions such as independence, problem solving, negotiation skills, resilience, persistence, and confidence.
Partnerships and Family Involvement
At South Pine Community Kindergarten, we want both children and families to know that they belong, and they make a valuable contribution to the community.
Parents and carers are considered the child’s first teacher and are highly respected and valued in our kindergarten. We have an open door policy and parents are invited to participate in the program. Some parents talk about their talents or hobbies with the children, volunteer in our garden, contribute as a volunteer on our committee, while others spend time on a program day with their child.
A strong community is established within the classroom environment as parents become actively involved with teachers and their children’s learning.
As children interact with each other, they are building a sense of well-being through exploring relationships and developing friendships.
Each group of 22 children have the benefit of building a solid base of friendships across the Kindy year. Connections are built between familiar children, families and Educators to support each child’s learning journey.